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What happened next? Coventry’s social workers open up about life post-Daniel Pelka

Community Care spent the day with Coventry’s child protection team and asked how life has changed and what they think of the Council’s divisive recruitment campaign

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Adoptions rise by 26%, Department for Education figures show

September 30,2014

Over 5,000 children have been adopted in the past year, an increase of 26% from 2013.

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Line-up announced for Community Care Live

September 29,2014

Delegates can now see what’s in store for them at the 2014 Children and Families conference

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Tackling faith based abuse in African communities

September 29,2014

Charles Rukwengye of APORENet explains the findings of a five-year programme understanding and tackling ritual abuse in African communities

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Documentary shows ‘radical’ way of helping children with behavioural difficulties

September 29,2014

Too Tough To Teach airs tonight on Channel 5 and takes you inside a specialist school without punishments, rewards or physical restraint

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Number of serious case reviews rises 54% in a year, finds Ofsted

September 26,2014

Ofsted also saw a dramatic rise in incidents of serious harm, which rose from 24 to 69 in a year

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Student social worker: ‘The environment felt invasive and unnatural’

September 25,2014

Student social worker Ricki Steed* reflects on her experiences and learning from the first two weeks of a child protection placement

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Legal Aid squeeze hindering young people’s ability to get justice, warns children’s commissioner

September 24,2014

Tighter rules for Legal Aid leaves vulnerable children to face the complexities of the legal system alone says the Children's Commissioner for England

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Social workers making the right decisions to protect children, say guardians

September 24,2014

In over 80% of cases local authorities were right to make applications for care proceedings when there were no other courses of action

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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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Rotherham children’s services boss resigns following abuse scandal

September 22,2014

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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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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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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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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