Childrens services

  • Stephenson steps down after post axed

    16 August 2017

    Derbyshire CC’s chief executive has stepped down after the council agreed to abolish the post along with that of assistant chief executive and strategic director of corporate resources.

  • Government accepts Prevent strategy criticism

    16 August 2017

    The Home Office has praised a report that criticised public bodies’ failure to thwart the radicalisation of vulnerable youngsters before they turned to terrorism.

  • The children below the threshold

    14 August 2017

    A new Action for Children report warns of a worrying trend that could be leaving as many as 140,000 children and young people without the help they need. Sam Clayden reports.

  • Councils forced to turn away 140,000 vulnerable children

    14 August 2017

    Up to 140,000 vulnerable children were turned away from statutory care services last year as overstretched councils miss vital opportunities to intervene early, research has revealed.  Action for Children’s report, Revolving Door, found evidence of tens of thousands of children being referred for concerns ranging from neglect and domestic violence to drugs and alcoholism, but who did not meet thresholds for care. 

  • A broken market

    09 August 2017

    There is a real and urgent crisis in this nation’s ability to find placements for looked after children, writes Olly Swann.

  • Putting youth justice on trial

    09 August 2017

    For many children and young people in custodial settings the picture is bleak. Jenny Coles calls on the sector to work with youth justice partners in tackling safety and wellbeing concerns.

  • School powers transfer ‘threat to local democracy’

    09 August 2017

    The Scottish Government’s plans to transfer responsibility for school improvement to new regional bodies threaten to undermine local democracy, a senior Labour councillor has claimed.

  • Council apologises for court order breach

    09 August 2017

    Gloucestershire CC has apologised to the parents of a child after a judge ruled the council breached a court order when it took the youngster into care.

  • Sparks fly as industrial action at Kirklees fails

    09 August 2017

    Tensions flared between social workers and senior management at crisis hit Kirklees MBC after social workers claimed they had been ‘ignored’ since their two-day strike.

  • Money is just a small part of the problem

    09 August 2017

    Despite the sector’s hard work, too often we fail kids in care and those we turn away, writes Heather Jameson.

  • Leader praises Haringey improvements

    09 August 2017

    The leader of Haringey LBC has praised the authority’s long-term response to the ‘Baby P’ scandal on the tenth anniversary of Peter Connelly’s tragic death.

  • Cat burglars?

    09 August 2017

    Suffolk CC has removed local road signs telling drivers: ‘Cats eyes removed’, amid concerns that children and tourists could become confused by their meaning.

  • Exclusive: Councils face 'daily' struggle to place vulnerable kids

    09 August 2017

    The state of the children’s care market has been described as a ‘scar on the conscience of our country’ amid warnings over the lack of placements available for vulnerable young people.

  • From crisis to stability: a decade of children's services in Haringey

    03 August 2017

    On the anniversary of the death of Peter Connelly, Claire Kober recounts the drastic turnaround Haringey LBC has had to make since the tragedy that shook the borough.

  • Griffin replaces retiring Rickards

    02 August 2017

    Sedgemoor DC has approved a new interim chief executive.

  • Legal action over data leak

    02 August 2017

    Newcastle City Council is facing legal action over a data leak that exposed the personal details of thousands of adopted children and their parents.

  • Standalone firm planned for Reading kids’ services

    02 August 2017

    Fresh calls for an ‘independent evaluation’ of children’s services models have been made after Reading Council proposed plans for a council-owned company.

  • Town hall terror warning

    02 August 2017

    Inconsistency in how safeguarding concerns relating to extremism are recorded is hampering councils’ ability to tackle the threat, a damning review has concluded.

  • 'Slow' progress council to create children's services company

    31 July 2017

    Reading Council has announced plans to transfer its failing children’s services to a council-owned company after inspectors noted improvements were not happening fast enough.

  • Dispute over child abuse compensation

    26 July 2017

    Lambeth LBC is at loggerheads with a group of child abuse survivors over its proposed victims’ compensation scheme.