Funding of local authorities’ children’s services inquiry

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee are examining funding for local authorities' children's services. They want to hear from professionals such as IROs and social workers who work for or with children's services. Scope of the inquiry The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a new inquiry into funding of local authorities’ children’s... Continue Reading →

Obsession with local variations is a distraction | Children England

Children England charity response to the NAO report "Pressures on Children's Social Care" by Chloe Darlington, Children England, 23rd January 2019: We welcome the confirmation from the National Audit Office that, in the face of huge financial pressures, local authorities have been forced to close non-statutory services in order to protect statutory services. We are also... Continue Reading →

Ofsted warns against ‘false economy’ of cuts to preventive services loading pressures onto social care | Community Care

Cuts by local authority funding are already impacting on children’s services, Ofsted has said. Ofsted’s national director for social care, Yvette Stanley, told Community Care that while most local areas are managing to make savings without compromising frontline services, “we are seeing resources reduced in terms of the whole continuum of early help and prevention... Continue Reading →

Zahawi announces plans to extend DfE innovation projects to more councils | Children & Young People Now

How will the £84m funding announcement to expand Leeds, Hertfordshire and North Yorkshire's innovation projects make a difference to the sector as a whole? Read more at source: Zahawi announces plans to extend DfE innovation projects to more councils | Children & Young People Now

‘Outstanding’ council issues blunt warning over impact of proposed cuts | Children & Young People Now

A council rated as "outstanding" by Ofsted is planning to make cuts totaling £3.7m to its children's services but has warned the move is likely to mean more children are taken into care. East Sussex County Council has delivered the warning as the council considers council-wide funding reductions, including cuts to programmes aimed at avoiding... 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

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