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Children's services at the council which was heavily criticised for failings over the death of four-year-old Daniel Pelka have been criticised for not improving quickly enough after being branded inadequate by Ofsted. The Department for Education (DfE) said that while it recognised Coventry City Council's improvements since last year's publication…
Slough Borough Safeguarding Children Board are to challenge the 'inadequate' ofsted rating given to the local council's children's services. In the report published this week, Slough Borough Council's children's service recieved lowest rating of 'inadequate' for it's service provision. Problems flagged included sub-standard working practices, a shortage of experienced staff…
An academic from Queen's University Belfast has called for a more rigorous evaluation of how money is spent on improving children's lives. Dr Liam O'Hare said that despite Northern Ireland's place among the global leaders in assessing the quality of children's services, value for money was far from being guaranteed.…
Children will get more access to nursery provision, free school meals and increased care support as part of a wide-ranging legislation approved by MSPs last night. The Children and Young People Bill was backed in a final vote at Holyrood after a long and sometimes heated final debate. While some…
Plans to appoint a named guardian for every child are almost certain to be subjected to legal challenge if they are approved at Holyrood, the Tories have claimed. The controversial proposal to assign all youngsters a "named person" to monitor their wellbeing is one of a number of measures included…
SNP plans to appoint a so-called guardian for every child have met opposition from another religious body. The Evangelical Alliance Scotland wants to discuss the proposal, outlined in the Scottish Government's Children and Young People Bill, and reach "consensus" with Children's Minister Aileen Campbell. Director Fred Drummond said: "While we…
Slough Borough Council has been told there are 'widespread and serious' failures in its looked-after children services. Ofsted has ranked the authority inadequate, saying its social care services have not made sufficient progress since the previous Ofsted inspection in May 2011, when it was put in special measures. It said…
The Chair of Doncaster’s new Children’s Services Trust has been named as Colin Hilton CBE. The Trust will take responsibility for delivery of Doncaster’s children’s social care services this year, operating in shadow form from 1 April 2014. It will provide a new model for the delivery of children’s social…