About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Social Services roundup

A number of stories about social services:

Ed Balls announced that six councils will pilot the contracting out social work services for looked-after children to "independent practices" from 2009-11 . I don't know where the independent sector is likely to find social workers from. Even before baby P LGA was finding two thirds of councils were struggling to recruit . Post Baby P, unsurprisingly, morale at Haringey is severely damaged . Surely the proposed new ad hoc visits from Ofsted so that they can voice their concerns will do wonders for the attractiveness of the profession? Not to mention the knowledge that expert teams are being sent into 9 authorities who are deemed below par: see the Telegraph , Daily Mail , & the Times .

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