Ofsted under fire; Baby P latest

Ofsted attacked over child protection

Ofsted today faces calls for a radical overhaul to restore public confidence amid fresh accusations that it is so concerned with protecting its own reputation that it is failing to properly protect children.

The embattled children’s services watchdog is subject to a barrage of new criticisms from local government leaders and the National Union of Teachers a day after a chorus of complaints from children’s services chiefs, headteachers, MPs and a former head of Ofsted, Sir Mike Tomlinson.
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Baby P pair face more ‘charges’

TWO brothers jailed following the death of Baby Peter may be charged over an alleged attack on their grandmother, police said today.
A cold case review relating to an assault on Hilda Barker in Whitstable, Kent, in late 1995 has been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Ticking boxes doesn’t protect children

Social work is too often a byproduct of paperwork – any review of Ofsted’s inspection methods must focus on the children, writes shadow children’s minister Tim Loughton.

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