• Putting it right

    05 October 2021

    What does the future hold for children’s social care and what are the priorities for reform? Ann McGauran reports from a Westminster Education Forum conference.

  • Transforming services through COVID

    29 September 2021

    Keeping children’s services going through a pandemic was hard enough, but St Helens MBC has embarked on its own journey of transformation, as Jim Leivers explains.

  • Making the leap

    14 September 2021

    Patrick Melia explains Sunderland City Council’s drive and determination in taking its children’s services from inadequate to outstanding.

  • Voyage for improvement

    14 September 2021

    Blackpool Council’s new model of practice is shifting service culture away from a focus on process to one that works with families to achieve optimum impact and outcomes for their children, writes Victoria Gent.

  • Helping care leavers thrive

    10 September 2021

    Jon Rouse highlights Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s progress in supporting care leavers. Getting things right ‘starts with the basics’, he says.

  • SEND children being left behind by council

    31 August 2021

    Children with special educational needs are being left behind by council services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, inspectors have found. 

  • Durham told to end unregistered placements

    31 August 2021

    Durham Council must take decisive action to end unregistered placements for children in care, Ofsted has warned. 

  • The Lambeth report is a warning to us all

    04 August 2021

    The historic abuse of looked-after children in Lambeth LBC is about the worst example of what happens when a toxic political culture poisons the entire authority, says Michael Burton.

  • We’re in this for the long haul

    02 August 2021

    Six years on from the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, council leader Cllr Chris Read says Government must support local authorities in the fight against abuse. But his organisation is ‘not waiting for national improvements’.

  • Ofsted chief rubbishes ‘inspection tsunami’ claim

    09 July 2021

    Amanda Spielman has sought to ease concerns about a deluge of inspections as the watchdog resumes normal activity in September.

  • Slough’s services put children first

    07 July 2021

    In April, Slough’s independent children’s services trust became wholly owned by the council. Josie Wragg and Tony Hunter talk to Ann McGauran about their rapport and shared vision despite the local authority’s hugely challenging financial position.

  • Ofsted - Newham's quality of social work practice is improving

    01 July 2021

    The quality of social work practice in Newham is improving, but the pace of change has been affected by the pandemic, according to Ofsted inspectors.

  • Councillors to bring supported housing closer to home

    28 June 2021

    Senior Haringey LBC councillors have moved to develop supported housing for young people with complex learning disabilities and autism within their own borough.

  • Keeping children in sight

    16 June 2021

    Last week allegations of ill-treatment at a children’s home in Cardiff were in the spotlight. Dan Peters talks to sector experts about whether the system of inspection is failing.

  • Herefordshire handed improvement notice

    19 May 2021

    The Government has issued an improvement notice to Herefordshire Council over ‘serious concerns’ regarding children’s services.

  • Lack of ‘clarity’ hampering child protection

    29 April 2021

    Improvements in multi-agency leadership locally and cross-government strategy nationally are required, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have told an inquiry.

  • A creative vision for Newham

    20 April 2021

    There is now greater optimism that Newham LBC is reaching a tipping point in its improvement journey, says Tim Aldridge. The ambition is for the council to become a nationally recognised example of best practice by 2023.

  • Police investigate children's homes after suspensions

    13 April 2021

    Police are investigating the closure of two Doncaster-based children’s homes suspended by Ofsted amid safeguarding concerns, The MJ has learned.

  • Boarding home closures prompt council response

    30 March 2021

    Councils have been called on to help accommodate children with special educational needs after two boarding homes had their registrations suspended following critical inspections.

  • Intervention at Blackpool to end

    15 March 2021

    A commissioner has recommended intervention in children’s services at Blackpool Council should come to an end.