Children’s social care

The Children’s Commissioner has published a report looking at child in need plans in England based on an analysis of published local authority procedures and Department for Education data. Key findings include: notable variations on what happens to different groups of children and between different local authorities in relation to children on child in need plans; and differences in local authority guidance, such as how long a child in need plan should be in place and when a plan should be reviewed. Recommendations include: consistent thresholds for assessment and support for children on child in need plans and strengthened national guidance for local authorities.

Read the report: Huge regional variation in support from children’s social services for some of England’s most vulnerable children

Source: The Children’s Commissioner for England

Date: 05 March 2024

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