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Ofsted tells council to improve children’s services standardsView Article
02/12/2015 A council has been told to improve the quality of its work with children and young people after Ofsted inspectors identified "significant areas for development".
Ofsted rates government-imposed children's services trust 'inadequate'View Article
30/11/2015 An independent children's services trust that was established on government orders has been rated "inadequate" by Ofsted.
DfE gives council more time to improve after ‘inadequate’ Ofsted ratingView Article
10/11/2015 A council has been given more time to turn services around in the wake of Ofsted judging its children’s services department ‘inadequate’ twice in two years.
Ofsted rates council ‘inadequate’ for second time in two years View Article
21/10/2015 A council's children's services department has been rated "inadequate" for the second time in two years after Ofsted inspectors found widespread failings in services for vulnerable children.
NCAS Conference: Ofsted social care lead hints at lighter touch inspection plans View Article
16/10/2015 A future children’s services inspection system is likely to be lighter touch but continue to use graded judgements, Ofsted’s social care lead has said. 
Is it time to change the way children's services are inspectedView Article
14/10/2015 Ofsted’s national director of social care and the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services debate whether the inspection regime needs changing.
Ofsted judges two children's homes inadequateView Article
08/10/2015 Two children's homes have been judged “inadequate” by Ofsted following inspections.
DfE considers intervening at West Midlands councilView Article
23/09/2015 The Department for Education is considering whether to intervene in the running of a council’s children’s services that has been subject to three damning Ofsted reports in the past two years.
Ofsted rates council 'inadequate' over child protection failingsView Article
02/09/2015 A council has been criticised by Ofsted for potentially placing children at risk due to delays in assessments.
Timpson appoints private firm to tackle failings in West BerkshireView Article
28/08/2015 Children’s minister Edward Timpson has appointed a private firm to oversee improvements at a children’s services department following a damning Ofsted inspection earlier this year.
Only a quarter of councils rated 'good' in Ofsted inspectionsView Article
20/08/2015 Three-quarters of English children’s services departments assessed under Ofsted’s single inspection framework (SIF) have been given the two lowest ratings, latest data reveals.
Ofsted reconsiders bringing early years inspections in-houseView Article
20/08/2015 Ofsted is reconsidering bringing early years sector inspections in-house, amid ongoing concerns in the sector around consistency and quality, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said.
Ofsted joint inspections ‘will heap pressure’ on children’s servicesView Article
13/08/2015 Plans to introduce joint inspections of child protection services will add greater pressure to already stretched services, it has been claimed.
Children's services transformed in Kingston, Ofsted saysView Article
03/08/2015 The children's services, which was rated inadequate in 2012, has jumped to good in its latest Ofsted inspection.
BAAF to close as Coram assumes its key functionsView Article
03/08/2015 The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) is to close with immediate effect, it has been announced.
'Remedial action' required in Sunderland after damning inspection reportView Article
21/07/2015 Ofsted inspectors identified fundamental shortfalls in frontline practice in Sunderland's children's services.
Nicky Morgan appoints commissioner at council given 'inadequate' Ofsted ratingView Article
20/07/2015 The Department for Education has appointed a commissioner to oversee improvements within children's services at Sunderland Council.
Ofsted publishes report into Sunderland City Council Children's ServicesView Article
20/07/2015 Report highlights widespread and serious failings in Sunderland City Council’s services for children and young people.
Agencies to get eight days notice of joint child protection inspectionsView Article
16/07/2015 Consultation published today by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation.
Rotherham care system making insufficient progress, says watchdogView Article
15/07/2015 CQC says agencies must respond quickly to ongoing issues, a year after report found failures contributed to exploitation of 1,400 children