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Concerns over damaging impact of staff shortages on children’s social care

On 27 July 2022 Ofsted published a report entitled ‘Children’s social care 2022: recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic’ (“The Report”). The report investigates the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to children’s social care, using focus groups, inspections, and interviews with inspectors to aid the investigation. The report concluded that the pandemic has …

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Concern regarding the continuation of virtual visits to “looked after children”

UK Parliament’s Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has published a report on concerns about the extended relaxation of statutory requirements under the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (Adoption and Children Regs 2021), SI 2021/261, relating to children’s social care. During the early part of the coronavirus pandemic, The Department of Education (DfE) introduced temporary …

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A reminder to providers: Ofsted to resume “Assurance Visits”

Ofsted will resume visits to children’s services again this month. Most visits were suspended in March 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions but in August 2020, Ofsted confirmed that visits to children’s services would be resuming again from 1 September 2020. These “Assurance Visits” will be undertaken as part of Ofsted’s phased return to routine inspections. …

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Ofsted publishes Children’s social care statistics

Ofsted published a release of their periodical review of inspection judgments of children’s homes between 1 April 2019 and 31 August 2019 at the end of November 2019. Ofsted regulates children’s homes (which includes children’s care homes, secure children’s homes and residential special schools registered as children’s homes) and inspects them under a “social common …

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