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Children

Ofsted praises ‘strong influence’ of children on shaping services as council judged ‘good’

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Adults, Children, Social work leaders

Councils boost social care budgets by £700m but say they are ‘plugging gaps in an underfunded system’

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Children, Social work leaders

DfE ends intervention in ‘inadequate’ children’s services following progress

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Adults, Children, Workforce

Essential learning for OTs on long Covid, sensory integration and trauma-informed practice

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Children, Social work leaders

Half of foster carers considering quitting due to cost of living crisis, finds survey

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Children, Social work leaders

Impact of family safeguarding model hailed as council improves to ‘outstanding’

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Children, Social work leaders, Workforce

‘Desk-based social work that can be done from anywhere’: Ofsted issues warning over remote working

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Children, Social work leaders

Children receiving repeat interventions without long-term impact at council, says Ofsted

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Children, Social work leaders, Workforce

Minister: ‘national scandal that social workers are overlooked for doing jobs so well’

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Children

‘Social workers should do everything to help children in care maintain the relationships that matter’

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Children

Third of looked-after children aged 16 and 17 in unregulated settings

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Children, Social work leaders

Council to fund specialist CSE staff over long-term after inquiry heavily criticises past resourcing

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Children, Social work leaders

Remove IROs from councils, urge half of Community Care readers

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Children, Social work leaders

Number of unregistered children’s homes doubled last year, finds Ofsted

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Children, Social work leaders, Workforce

DfE awards Frontline £7m contract to run social work leadership training scheme

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Children, Social work leaders

Council downgraded as Ofsted finds workforce instability driving variable practice

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