As it stands today, there are 20 councils [across the whole of England] where the standard of child protection is unacceptably poor and judged to be inadequate.
Incompetent and ineffective leadership must be addressed quickly. But where those in leadership positions have capacity and potential, this must be recognised and nurtured.
Too much leadership volatility in social care is counter-productive - that goes without saying.
One in three local authorities has had a change in their director of children's services last year alone. The combination of unstable communities and political and managerial instability in our social care services is a dangerous mix.
Three councils in the South East are "inadequate" at caring for some of the most vulnerable children. A report by OFSTED says more needs to be done to address "incompetent and ineffective" leadership in children's services. The local authorities judged to be failing by OFSTED are:
London is facing a shortage of 1,250 foster carers this year according to new figures. Charity, Action for Children, says the figures for London are the worst of any region of the UK, caused in part by many of the myths around who is allowed to foster.
A UNISON survey published today reveals the shocking impact of child poverty in schools around London . The survey shows that 72 percent of those surveyed in London believe that children at their school are living in poverty.
School staff believe the damaging effects on pupils are clear and poverty is on the rise all across the capital.