Practice quality, not audit: a council’s journey to ‘outstanding’

At the start of August, North Yorkshire council’s children’s services was heralded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted – and became the first to achieve this accolade in every measure of its inspection. Its director of children’s services, Stuart Carlton, shares with Community Care how the council has progressed – highlighting the importance of practice quality beyond performance,... Continue Reading →

Safeguarding pressures research

ADCS President Stuart Gallimore writes about the many pressures LAs face ahead of Safeguarding Pressures Phase 6 research due to be published next month. 'We simply can’t go on as we are, the findings from this research must be heard and acted upon before it’s too late'. Read at source: Evidencing safeguarding pressures

Born into care

This latest report by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory 'Born into care: Newborns in care proceedings in England', summary report October 2018 is a must read for all IROs. The report was funded by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and written by a team of academics, using data provided by CAFCASS, the children and family... Continue Reading →

How one council is making children-in-care profiles focus on needs not risks

A sponsored feature from Norfolk County Council in this recently published Community Care release raises some interesting ideas. Edward Wong, head of localities at Norfolk County Council, says: “Placement profiles can be too focused on presenting risks.” Norfolk is one of several councils that are working with the social care consultancy iMPOWER to develop Valuing... Continue Reading →

Job opportunity: Solihull’s Children in Care are looking for an Independent Reviewing Officer

Solihull’s Children in Care are looking for an Independent Reviewing Officer: Recruiter Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Location Chelmsley Wood Salary £40,858 - £50,575 Posted 01 Oct 2018 Closes 04 Nov 2018 Job Ref SOL000002315 Sector Health & Social Care / Work Job Type Social work: Children - Qualified Contract Type Full time permanent Working Pattern Standard Full-Time Site Internal/Redeployment, Internal, Redeployment, Continue Reading →

Safeguarding is about culture, not box-ticking | Ofsted blog

Emma Ing, Her Majesty’s inspector and Ofsted’s regional director for the East Midlands, asks: what is safeguarding? Earlier this month, Ofsted inspectors, school leaders and local authority representatives gathered at the Leicester Racecourse and Conference Centre to discuss 'what is safeguarding?'. They heard first-hand from local and national safeguarding experts about a range of problems, from... Continue Reading →

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