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What happens to children who are referred for help, but don’t meet the threshold for support? When things are bad, but not quite bad enough? A lot of work has gone into encouraging people to contact children’s services when they are worried about a child, and it's good news that…
One in six care homes are showing signs that they are at risk of failure amid rising costs and lack of funding, a new study shows. Research by accountancy firm Moore Stephens found that a "persistent" lack of funds from local authorities, coupled with increases to the national living wage…
Thousands of children in England referred to social services over concerns including abuse and neglect are not getting the help they need, a charity has said. Action for Children has warned that up to 140,000 youngsters do not meet the threshold for social care and are not referred to early…
A man was banned from visiting his partner’s mother in her care home when Nottinghamshire County Council failed to go through the correct procedures, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The Ombudsman’s investigation into the man’s complaint found the council did not carry out a risk assessment…
Three-quarters of councils in England overspent on their children's services budgets by more than half a billion pounds, council leaders have warned. Figures for the 152 English councils which provide children's social care services showed 113 (75%) spent more than they had budgeted for, while 38 spent less in 2015/16,…
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has published details of the complaints it has received about all local councils in England in 2016-17. The Ombudsman investigates complaints about all local authorities and social care providers in England. Every year it publishes the information it sends to councils to help…
A London council which took too long to assess a vulnerable woman’s needs has been asked by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to pay nearly £20,000 in care home fees. The Ombudsman investigated the complaint about the London Borough of Hackney, finding it took too long to carry…
Sexual health services are reaching a "tipping point" after visits to clinics increased by a quarter in five years, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. The LGA said demand for such services had risen by approximately 25% over the last half a decade, while council funding to provide them…
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