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Children's services - 4 February 2010

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Children’s services briefing - the top local government news and events in one place.

NOTE: Click on the headlines for more on the stories.

TOP FOUR STORIES

Paying for soaring safeguarding costs

Children’s services departments saw child protection costs rise by an average of almost £800,000 in the year after the Baby Peter tragedy, LGC research reveals. Twelve out of 14 councils surveyed saw year-on-year rises in 2008-09. (LGCplus report)

Support for children’s services ‘lacking’

More than one in three directors of children’s services say the government support they receive has deteriorated in the wake of the Baby Peter case. Thirty-five per cent of respondents to an LGC survey said the level of support from the Department of Children, Schools and Families had declined. (LGCplus report)

Report urges licensed social workers

The Social Work Task Force recommended social workers have a licence to practise. To qualify for this they would complete a probationary year after a degree. Employers will need to agree standards on caseloads and improve pay for experienced staff. (LGCplus report)

‘Inadequate’ children’s services departments double

Children’s services departments performing “poorly” have doubled since last year, according to Ofsted. Birmingham City Council, Cornwall Council, Doncaster MBC, Essex CC, Haringey LBC, Leeds City Council, Rotherham MBC, Warrington BC and Wokingham BC were all in this category. (LGCplus report)

 

CHILDREN’S SERVICES ROUND-UP

Legal

Ofsted admit Sharon Shoesmith case error (LGCplus report)

Research

Child protection court cases at record levels (LGCplus report)

Survey reveals child specialist gap (LGCplus report)

Survey shows social worker crisis intensifying (LGCplus report)

Practice

Nesta backs safeguarding project (LGCplus report)

Events

Children’s Services Performance 2010, LGC Conference, 23-24 March, London.

Children’s Services Workforce Forum, LGC/HSJ Conferences, 3-4 March, London.

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