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Education in the media: 27 June 2016

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Today’s education news review looks at coverage of Ofsted’s annual report on social care in England.

Children’s social care

Ofsted will tomorrow publish its annual report on social care in England. Ahead of this, the Sunday Times reported that Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector at Ofsted, is expected to say children are safer in foster care and in children’s homes than staying in dysfunctional families, where they are subject to harm from domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse.

The article references that Sir Michael will call on targeted local authorities to do more to nurture leadership talent, and for strong councils to do more to help  others improve. The Daily Star briefly followed up this story in today’s paper.

The government is committed to supporting professionals to find new and more effective approaches to protecting and improving outcomes for vulnerable children - by the end of this parliament we will have invested £300 million in innovation in children’s social care.

Our Partners in Practice programme will lead the way in demonstrating how these changes can be achieved - modelling best practice, sharing learning and supporting the wider sector.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

Nothing is more important than keeping children safe, and we will not hesitate to intervene when local authorities are failing vulnerable children and families.


We are committed to improving the quality of children’s social work, and the Children and Social Work Bill will enable the creation of a specialist regulator with a relentless focus on raising quality, education, training and practice in both children’s and adults’ social work.

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