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'Poor' child care at 20 councils

One in seven councils in England are "inadequate" at caring for some of the most vulnerable children in society, an Ofsted report found.

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Calls for 'incompetent leadership' to be addressed

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.

– HM chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw

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