Number of Dubs scheme children to rise
The total number of children resettled under the Dubs scheme by councils will rise to 480, the Home Office has confirmed.
Carlton steps in after retirement
Stuart Carlton has been appointed director of children’s services for North Yorkshire CC following Pete Dwyer’s retirement this summer after four years in the role.
We’re getting with the programme
The national approach to safeguarding must be broadened if children’s services departments are to take into account risks from outside the family home, writes Sarah Wright.
Going for gold in children's services
New ADCS president Alison Michalska’s priorities for the year revolve around the determination to create a country that truly works for children.
Tight budgets mean sharing kids’ services
Sharing children’s services will be the ‘future’ as budgets continue to tighten, according to a top Department for Education official.
Agass hired as chief of South Cambridgeshire
South Kesteven DC boss Beverly Agass has been appointed chief executive of South Cambridgeshire DC.
Tri-borough: the sharing model can still succeed
Liz Bruce reflects on her time as a senior manager for the now collapsed tri-borough, but maintains sharing services is still the future for adult social care.
EXCLUSIVE: Child and adult care posts ‘hardest to fill’
Filling children and adult social care positions is causing upper-tier chief executives the biggest recruitment headache, according to an exclusive survey by Penna.
Chief vows to make kid’s services Tower Hamlets’ top priority
Tower Hamlets LBC’s chief executive has vowed to make children’s services an ‘absolute priority’ after inspectors branded them inadequate.
Marchant to leave Worcestershire for UCAS after seven years
Worcestershire CC chief executive Clare Marchant has announced her departure after seven years.
Local government 'not as sexy' as other sectors
Local government needs to brand itself better to attract staff, a director of recruitment firm Penna has told The MJ’s Future Forum.
Getting on with the job
Rotherham is firmly on the up after a torrid and very public period of crisis for the authority. Heather Jameson talks to its chief executive, Sharon Kemp, about the journey of improvement the council has embarked on.
Improving children's services from the inside out
The LGA has begun talks with the DfE about a peer support plan for children’s services. Sam Clayden examines whether current national improvement policies are fit for purpose.
LGA seeks peer support cash
The Local Government Association (LGA) is seeking ‘millions’ of pounds of funding to support a sector-led improvement programme for struggling children’s services, The MJ has been told.
Dudley and Doncaster making 'continued progress'
Inspectors have praised two formerly failing children’s services departments for the strides they have made on their improvement journeys.
The Government must recognise the value of social workers
It is not what is in the Government’s new social work advice note that trouble’s Blair McPherson. It is what is absent from it.
Two new hires at Durham
Durham Council has made two new appointments to its senior management team.
We’re moving in the right direction
Ian Thomas explains how Rotherham MBC has made progress two years into its five-year transformation programme.
Virgin Care sues Surrey CC over ‘flawed’ deal
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care Services is suing Surrey CC over the procurement process of a children’s services contract.
EXCLUSIVE: Half of children could avoid care
Councils have been urged to refocus on reducing demand after analysis revealed up to half of children could have avoided being taken into care.