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A new report looking at reviews into child deaths in Scotland has identified a number of areas for improvement. Significant case reviews (SCRs) are carried out when a youngster has died, been seriously harmed, or where they have been at risk of harm. By examining the circumstances surrounding the cases,…
A family planning provider has suspended surgical abortions for girls under 18 and vulnerable women after safety concerns were raised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). A number of other services offered by Marie Stopes International (MSI) have also been halted to make sure patients are protected from potential harm…
A hospital trust in a city that prides itself on equality operates a culture of "bullying and discrimination", inspectors have said. NHS Improvement confirmed that Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been placed into special measures after Care Quality Commission inspectors highlighted a series of safety concerns and…
A controversial accommodation centre for families facing removal from the UK has been hailed as "excellent" and "groundbreaking" in an inspection report. But watchdogs also described Cedars - which is set to close - as "little used". Figures show 45 families were held at the facility near Gatwick Airport over…
A controversial youth prison has been rated as inadequate by watchdogs as it emerged inmates were able to access pornography. Ofsted delivered a critical assessment of Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, Kent, saying the stability of the facility "has been sorely undermined by a combination of significant factors". Police…
Staff at Newcastle Youth Offending Team were doing some good work to turn children away from crime, but senior leaders needed to work better together to drive performance, said Dame Glenys Stacey, Chief Inspector of Probation as she published her report of the work of Newcastle Youth Offending Team (YOT).…
A prison has been described as "dangerous" by watchdogs in the latest of a string of warnings about safety in jails in England and Wales. Levels of violence at HMP Swaleside were "far too high", with many of the incidents serious, inspectors found. A survey found 69% of inmates at…
The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by Seckford Almshouses to be Outstanding overall following an inspection carried out in March. Seckford AlmsHouses is registered as a domiciliary care agency providing personal care to people who live in Seckford Almshouses in Woodbridge, Suffolk. The service provides…
A leading provider of housing support is celebrating after receiving a five-star review of it's North-east service from the Care Inspectorate. Blackwood’s North Support Services, in Aberdeen, recently underwent an unannounced inspection which saw it praised for its close attention to customer care, highly supportive staff and continuous implementation of…
Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has published a report on the impact of prisoner recalls on the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. The report examined how the prisoner recall system operated and sought to balance the need to provide offenders released on licence with the opportunity to make…
Weak leadership in too many of England’s children’s services is letting down the most vulnerable children, Ofsted finds. The inspectorate’s third Social Care Annual Report, published today (28 June 2016), shows that there are still too many inadequate children’s services departments across the country. Today’s report shows that a quarter…
This consultation seeks your views on proposed changes across Ofsted’s inspections of children’s social care. It has 4 parts: Principles for children’s social care inspectionsThis section sets out three principles that we think should govern inspections of children’s social care. A new approach to inspections of local authority children’s services…