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Dumfries councillor David McKie has raised concerns that vulnerable children could be housed in private residential care without the knowledge of local social services. There is currently said to be no obligation for councils to notify each other when placing a child in residential accommodation outside the area. Mr McKie…
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has today published the ‘Children Adopted from Care in Northern Ireland 2013/14’ statistical bulletin. This bulletin details statistical information relating to children adopted from care in Northern Ireland, during the year ending 31 March 2014. The tables within the bulletin…
A new guide on child protection for individuals and organisations involved in delivering artistic, cultural and creative projects for children and young people has been published. Creating Safety provides guidance on child protection for individuals and organisations involved in delivering projects in Scotland. You may be an individual freelancer working…
A new report published today by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) exposes the worrying shortcomings in childcare provision in Scotland. In particular, it says that many clients find that provision is either too expensive or simply doesn’t exist in a way that works for them. Among the report’s findings: The average…
Ofsted has published its findings from their first multi-remit focused inspection carried out in the Somerset area and found services to be inadequate. The watchdog found that while education standards are improving, the county council is not providing good enough support for its most vulnerable children, young people and families.…
A children's care home owner has been fined £2,400 following the death of a 15-year-old in its care. Hillcrest Care Ltd admitted employing insufficiently experienced staff at Pentwyn School, near Hay-on-Wye, Powys, and not checking their fitness to work there. Cardiff Magistrates' Court heard vulnerable teenager, Jordan Woonton, was not…
The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has announced the appointment of Anne Longfield OBE as the next Children’s Commissioner for England. Ms Longfield, chief executive of 4Children - a national charity which works to support children, young people and families - will take up her post on 1…
A new service to speed up the adoption process in Wales has been launched by First Minister Carwyn Jones and the Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford. Launched during National Adoption Week 2014, the National Adoption Service for Wales will increase the pool of adopters and ensure good…
A nursery in Cumbernauld has been praised by inspectors after scoring top marks across the board in two consecutive inspections. Step-by-Step nursery was graded excellent across all quality themes for the second inspection in a row following an unannounced visit. The nursery is registered to provide a day-care service for…
Charity boss Anne Longfield has been named as the Government's preferred candidate to become the next children's commissioner. In a letter to the cross-party Commons education select committee, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said that Ms Longfield was "the strongest candidate" for the post from a "very competitive field". Ms Longfield…
Some 90,000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas in Britain, equating to three children for every school in the country, according to a report from Shelter. An investigation by the charity highlighted the "severe emotional distress" suffered by many children living in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs and hostels,…
The Government is introducing a new set of professional standards to drive "culture change" in children's social work, in the wake of scandals including the revelation of widespread sexual abuse in Rotherham. Announcing plans for a new assessment and accreditation system for three levels of professional practice for children's social…