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Asylum-seeking child

Children, Social work leaders

Second council no longer taking asylum-seeking children as IRO caseloads soar

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Children, Social work leaders

More councils reporting high numbers of social workers off work due to Covid

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Children's Commissioner for England Anne Longfield

Children

Government showing ‘deep-rooted ambivalence to vulnerable children’s needs’, says commissioner

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Yvette Stanley

Children, Social work leaders

Fostering capacity still ‘nowhere near enough to meet demand’, despite small rise, warns Ofsted

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Amanda Spielman, Ofsted chief inspector

Children, Coronavirus

‘Covid pressure cooker’ behind 20% rise in reports of serious harm to babies, says inspectorate head

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Children, Social work leaders

Independent trust takes over children’s services from council

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Children

Most families facing virtual family court hearings concerned about handling of their case, study finds

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Adults, Children, Social work leaders

Government launches review into council after auditors find repeated failure to control social care costs

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Kent intake unit room for unaccompanied children

Children

Unaccompanied children held for ‘far too long’ at intake unit and some sent to adult centres, say inspectors

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Adults, Children, Social work leaders

Quarter of council heads predict not enough resource for spending needs by 2022

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money

Children, Coronavirus

80% of councils have seen rise in children’s placement costs during Covid-19

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Gavin Williamson

Children, Social work leaders

Education secretary calls for overhaul of ‘lifestyle-judging’ adoption system

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Children

Concerns raised about treatment of unaccompanied children at asylum unit

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time

Children, Coronavirus

Length of care cases 10 weeks over 26-week target on back of Covid-19

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Children, Social work leaders

Children’s trust scheduled to start within weeks despite resignation of chair

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Workforce

Public opinion of social work more positive than practitioners believe, study suggests

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