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Tower Hamlets named best for school meals service

Children in Tower Hamlets are enjoying the best school meals service in Britain. Catering staff in the area, who serve up meals for a staggering 24,000 children everyday, have been named catering service of the year in the industries biggest awards.

Children in school lunch room
Children in Tower Hamlets are enjoying the best school meals service in Britain. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Tower Hamlets Council's Contract Services staff won the title at the annual Lead Association for Education Catering (LACA) Awards.

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Leadership under fire over standard of child protection

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.

– Sir Michael Wilshaw , chief inspector

Misconceptions and fear of rejection fuels foster carer shortage

It is estimated that it takes four years from someone to think they would like to foster to actually picking up the phone and making their initial enquiry.

So often the reason behind this delay is because of the misconceptions they have, and their fear of rejection.

But this could be prevented by helping people to understand that in the majority of cases they can foster and that have a lot to offer a young person in care.

– Jacqueline Georghiou, Action for Children

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London facing big shortfall in foster carers

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.

The new findings reveal the scale of misunderstandings held around fostering
The new findings reveal the scale of misunderstandings held around fostering Credit: ITV News/Martin Stew

Child poverty on the rise in London schools

School staff members say poverty for children is on the rise Credit: PA

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.

Man wanted for harassing schoolchildren

Police have released this efit image of what the man looks like. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police in Greenwich are trying to trace a man who has been making unwelcome approaches

to schoolchildren outside a school in Greenwich. He has attempted to speak to the children outside the Thomas Tallis School but when they ignored him, he swore at them.

Pupils are asked to call 999 if they are approached by the man. Police are conducting extra patrols but say they do not believe there is an immediate danger to children.

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Greenwich CID on 020 8284 9554.

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