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A shake-up of youth mental health care will be announced by the Government today. Care and support minister Norman Lamb said children and young people's mental health services need a complete overhaul to stop vulnerable young people missing out on vital support. The Government has set out a blueprint for…
Skills Development Scotland is working with employers, schools and training providers to roll out apprenticeship programmes to senior phase pupils in schools across Scotland. Foundation apprenticeships are being introduced to allow pupils to follow a vocational learning stream in S4, S5 and S6. Working closely with employers this work based…
More needs to be done to repair families instead of rescuing children and putting them into care, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has said at a looked after children conference. Addressing the conference in Powys yesterday, the Minister said the system needs to be rebalanced so the focus…
A troubled children's services department has announced an independent review in to complaints that children were unfairly removed from foster carers. The review will consider allegations that carers were unfairly treated by Norfolk County Council and follows the dismissal last week of a manager over claims he fabricated evidence in…
The Government has been accused of failing to take action to help the nation's most vulnerable youngsters. There has been an "alarming reluctance" by the Department for Education (DfE) to play an active role in securing better services and results for children in care, according to the Commons public accounts…
The pressures on the complaints system for children’s care services are being highlighted in a new report by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) published today. In a number of case studies the LGO shows some of the common issues it sees in children’s social care complaints, including: failure to recognise…
Many local councils are struggling to offer a good standard of care and protection for their most vulnerable youngsters, inspectors have warned. Children's social services are still under "intense pressure" amid increasing numbers of young people in need of help, stretched budgets and intense public scrutiny, according to Ofsted. In…
A joint inspection of services for children and young people in Aberdeen has highlighted areas of good performance and also made recommendations where further improvement can be made. The report, published today, follows a joint inspection led by the Care Inspectorate. It notes that progress has been made after previous…
A joint inspection of services in South Lanarkshire has recommended that improvements are made to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people. The inspection, carried out in June and August 2014, involved teams of inspectors from the Care Inspectorate, Education Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of…
A social worker allocated to a boy in the years before he killed his foster carer has told an inquiry he was fond of the child. Scott McCabe described the youngster, when he was of primary school age, as a "nice boy" who was engaging and good at expressing his…
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) have published a report today on Children’s Services in Monmouthshire County Council. The inspection, which took place in November 2014, looked closely at the experiences of children and young people who had needed or still need help and / or protection. The…
Seven local authorities have been announced by Education Secretary Angela Constance as the first recipients of funding from the £100 million Attainment Scotland Fund. Glasgow, Dundee, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire and North Lanarkshire are the first beneficiaries of the fund, which was announced last week by the First…