New Ofsted inspections to focus on children’s mental health

A new series of joint inspections will begin in September, focusing on children’s mental health. The inspections will examine how local services respond to children living with mental ill health, including local authorities, schools, the police, youth offending teams and health professionals.

The inspections will involve Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. The inspections will include an evaluation of ‘front door’ services and will assess how agencies assess and support looked after children.


New guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

The Department for Education has issued guidance for schools and colleges around safeguarding children during the Coronavirus pandemic. The guidance supports …

Mockingbird programme to support foster families extended further

The Mockingbird Family Model, delivered by The Fostering Network, centres on a constellation where one foster home acts as a …

Children as young as seven drawn into county line gangs

A report by The Children’s Society has found that children as young as seven are being exploited by county line …