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Schools have "too readily" used unofficial, illegal exclusions to deal with pupils that have special needs, inspectors have warned. Youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are more likely in general to be excluded or absent from lessons than their peers, according to a new Ofsted report. And an…
Hundreds of alleged or convicted sex offenders have been placed in a prison to help tackle high levels of violence, according to a watchdog report. The "deliberate policy" apparently aimed at producing a "stabilising" effect was flagged up in an assessment of HMP Doncaster following an inspection in July. HM…
An NHS trust has been placed in special measures after some hospital patients were found to have died after waiting too long for heart treatment while others were left to go blind. NHS Improvement took action against the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission…
Health and social care services in the Scottish Borders are delivering some positive outcomes for some older people in the area, but there are also some key weaknesses in the delivery of some important services. That is the view of inspectors following a joint inspection of services for older people…
The health watchdog issued warnings and suspensions to adult care homes offering poor or unsafe care at the rate of four a day over a year-long period, a report said. The Care Quality Commission launched 1,512 enforcement actions in 2016/17, an increase of more than 67% on the previous year.…
Flexibility in childcare services increased last year, with a higher proportion of providers offering longer opening hours and school holiday sessions, a new report has found. The Care Inspectorate said there was a "considerable increase" in the opening times of many daycare services such as nurseries and playgroups. It found…
A care home for older people near Oban has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Lynn of Lorne Care Home following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists six areas which…
Six investigations were commissioned by Rotherham Council, in 2014 and 2015, following the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (Jay Report), and the “Report of Inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council” (Louise Casey Report). Professor Alexis Jay’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham…
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