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Rotherham children’s services boss resigns following abuse scandal

Ray Jones, author of The Story of Baby P, says Joyce Thacker’s exit is the result of “media intimidation” and “pompous” politicians

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Minister applauds council’s child sexual exploitation project

September 22,2014

The Kingfisher project brings together police, council and health services to work together to combat child sexual exploitation

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Doncaster reviews child protection ‘failings’ for children at risk of abuse

September 18,2014

Review comes just days before Doncaster’s children’s services are transferred to an independent trust

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Government consults on second wave of reforms for children’s homes

September 19,2014

But providers call for new Ofsted inspection framework to be consulted on at the same time

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Children and Families Act ‘potentially damaging’ and ‘frightening’, lawyer warns

September 18,2014

Social care lawyer Elaine Maxwell reflects on whether the Children and Families Act 2014 has lived up to its initial promise

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Social work diary: ‘Leaving frontline practice is hard but local authority bureaucracy deadened my soul’

September 18,2014

A new job has given me the chance to be re-inspired by reflection, learning and colleagues who will challenge

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Integrated inspections for children’s services ‘lack credibility’, warns directors

September 17,2014

ADCS president Alan Wood says Ofsted's proposals for integrated inspections 'show how disunited the inspectorates are'

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£300m cost of failed returns for children in care revealed by NSPCC

September 16,2014

Researchers found £56m investment in family support when a child returns from care could reduce reunification breakdowns

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Council rated inadequate by Ofsted looks to recruit from overseas

September 16,2014

Buckinghamshire County Council says problems recruiting contributed to its poor Ofsted rating

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A guide to social services regulation and inspection reforms in Wales

September 16,2014

The way social care staff and services are regulated in Wales is about to change. Here we set out the reforms and how they compare with changes in England

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‘Is it right that a kid should simply pass through the system and then be forgotten?’

September 11,2014

A residential care worker shares their views and experiences of being allowed to see children after they leave care

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Government inspection of Rotherham Council launched following abuse scandal cover up

September 11,2014

Local government secretary Eric Pickles orders government inspection of Rotherham “in the public interest”

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Record-breaking social work team to reveal the secrets of their success at Community Care Live

September 11,2014

Cambridgeshire County Council will explain how they jumped not one but two ratings in their latest Ofsted at the Children and Families conference

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Entering care is an opportunity to evaluate a child’s emotional well-being and improve their mental health

September 10,2014

The NSPCC's Louise Balzagette looks at recent research into looked-after children's mental health and its practical messages for social work

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Social work diary: ‘They call it ‘historic abuse’ but for the boy it is a daily living hell’

September 10,2014

A children's social worker reflects on a tough week...

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English councils placing care leavers in ‘squalid’ bed and breakfasts

September 8,2014

Barnardo’s director stayed in a B&B where care leavers were placed, describing it as 'squalid and isolating'

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One in three children split from siblings in foster care, finds Action for Children

September 8,2014

Charity's research found nearly half (45%) of sibling groups were separated in the East Midlands between April 2013 and March 2014

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Post-Rotherham, whistleblowing in social care needs an urgent review

September 8,2014

Wirral whistleblower Martin Morton thinks the Rotheram abuse scandal reveals need for robust whistleblowing processes in social care

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One in five child deaths in England are preventable, study finds

September 8,2014

Researchers examined 4601 child deaths reviewed in England between 2010 and 2011, finding 800 were from preventable causes

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