The number of children’s services in England deemed inadequate at keeping children safe has doubled in one year.
Three out of four councils say the money they collect to pay for front-line services has dwindled.
Council chiefs today accuse the children’s secretary, Ed Balls, of being “irresponsible” in his response to the death of Baby P
James Morris – “While the last 10 to 15 years in local government have been about performance management, the next wave will be about innovation”
Shocked MPs were yesterday told the Baby P tragedy was the tip of the iceberg
New figures spark fears for the fate of some of our most vulnerable young people
A council is to ban fast food outlets from opening within 400m of schools and parks as part of a drive to improve children’s health.
Social workers wrote a report about Karen Matthews highlighting her “inability to successfully place the children’s needs above her own” three years before Shannon went missing.
The true scale of the maltreatment of children in the UK is revealed by child abuse experts today who say that one in 10 suffers physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
The head of children’s services in the London borough where Baby P died after months of persistent injury and neglect was dismissed from her post yesterday as the government responded to a damning report into the council’s failings.