Children’s social care review cannot secure extra government funding for children and families, contract reveals

In January, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced that Josh MacAlister would lead a once-in-a-generation review of children’s social care. The Minister said, “This review will be bold, wide-ranging and will not shy away from exposing problems where they exist”.  The Department for Education’s media release described this as an independent review. … Read more

Education Secretary gives green light to two-tier care system

The Department for Education has today (19 February) published its plans for dealing with unregulated accommodation for children in care. It follows a public consultation launched a year ago after a scathing BBC Newsnight investigation which ran from 2019. A year ago, in response to action from a coroner to prevent future deaths of 16 … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – February 2021

In December 2020, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) found a local authority at fault for failing to properly assess, plan and support a 15-year-old boy, S, in preparation for and following his release from custody. Inadequate and delayed assessment and planning prevented S’s early release, which unnecessarily extended his time in custody, … Read more

Social work and child law experts express their “deep concern” about government’s ‘once-in-a-generation’ review

A joint letter, signed by 27 organisations and over 100 individuals with substantial experience of children and families social work, has been sent to the Secretary of State for Education today (5 February). The letter raises concerns over the independence of the chair of the recently announced once-in-a-generation review of children’s social care, the review’s … Read more