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Manchester's child protection services have been downgraded to ‘inadequate’ by government inspectors. A report from Ofsted found Manchester City Council took ‘insufficient action’ to address local problems, which saw 486 children waiting ‘a considerable time’ for social work assessment. Concluding that vulnerable children had been left 'at risk', the town…
The Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council and former head of the Association of Directors of Social Work, Colin Mackenzie, has announced his retirement from a career spanning 40 years in public service. Colin Mackenzie began his career as a social worker at Dundee City Council in 1973, joining Grampian Regional…
A family court judge has blocked a local authority's attempt to take a baby into care after criticising a social worker. Judge Iain Hamilton (pictured) dismissed Manchester City Council's application for a care order following a hearing in Manchester. The judge said the baby at the centre of the case…
A senior councillor in Wrexham has been removed from the council's executive board after making allegations about its Child and Family Team (CAFAT). Malcolm King, who was lead member for finance, raised concerns about staff levels and case loads at the council's child and family assessment team. Although Council leader…
A couple were denied the chance of a stable family life because Royal Borough of Kingston took two years to give them their own personal care budget, a Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) investigation has found. The couple lived in their own flat till March 2010 when the man’s Multiple Sclerosis…
Northumberland Council has been asked to improve its Children’s Services complaints procedure following an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO). The LGO has issued a report into the council after it failed to comply with the recommendations of an earlier decision. A complaint about the council was brought to…
Elderly residents were not consulted properly when Fylde Borough Council decided to sell the company which owned their homes, an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has found. The residents live in a housing development that was run by an association. The council’s predecessor became involved in the association…
The number of children in council care in England has risen by 12%, with overall costs calculated at £3.4 billion. There were 68,110 children in care on March 31 2013, including 42,228 who had suffered abuse or neglect. This figure had risen by 12% or 7,210 in the previous four…
The social work budget in Renfrewshire is balanced on a knife-edge according to Council Leader, Mark Macmillan (pictured). Councillor Macmillan is set to write to Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing outlining how rising demand is stretching the budget to breaking point. He is expected to call…
Birmingham City Council has announced that it has appointed Bernadette McNally as Executive Director of Children’s Services. Ms McNally is currently executive director of social services at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. In this positon she has had responsibility for social work, women’s and children’s services, managing the…
Children's mental health services urgently need a complete overhaul if young people are to receive better support and care, council leaders have warned. The Local Government Association, which represents over 370 councils across England and Wales, believes that only full reform of the mental health system can now ensure improvement.…
Ofsted have found Buckinghamshire County Council's children's services to be 'inadequate' in a new inspection report published on Friday. The inspectors found performance unsatisfactory in leadership, management and the way the service deals with increasing volumes of work and record keeping. The report highlighted 261 children who needed help but…