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The number of investigations started by councils into whether children are being harmed or at risk has more than doubled in the last decade, town hall bosses have warned. More than 500 child protection inquiries began each day in 2016/17, compared to around 200 a day 10 years ago, according…
A free child care policy may be extended to include foster families, Education Secretary Justine Greening has revealed. Under the current policy three and four-year-olds in families where all parents work are entitled to 30 hours free care, but children in foster care are not included. At education questions Ms…
Spending on children's services was slashed by nearly £1 billion under David Cameron, according to Labour. The party's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner expressed concern, saying the Local Government Association has forecast that children's services face a £2 billion funding gap by 2020. Labour said Education Department figures showed spending…
Cash-strapped councils could see their funding halved over the next two years, "threatening the existence" of vital services, the Local Government Association has warned. Councils are facing a 54% reduction of £2.7 billion to their central government funding between 2018/19 and 2019/20. Rubbish collections, road repairs, child services and care…
A warehouseman found to have shaken his baby daughter and caused a brain injury could be allowed to care for the youngster again if therapy is successful, a senior family court judge said. The girl, now two, suffered a "catastrophic collapse" when four months old and stopped breathing for around…
A scheme to relieve pressure on local councils caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is set to be rolled out. Under new legislation the National Transfer Scheme (NTS), which allows hard-pressed local authorities to transfer children to councils with greater capacity, will be extended to include Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.…
A Tory former children's minister has demanded assurances from the Government that children's social care is being treated with the same level of importance as the care of adults. Tim Loughton cited rising numbers of children in care and higher thresholds for intervention as causes for his concern. Councils have…
The government has announced the phased roll-out of the National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) from 2018 for child and family social workers. The announcement is in response to a consultation on the implementation of the NAAS and aims to address feedback from the sector to ensure the new system…
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