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Family contact is lost the longer children stay in care

Children’s Rights Director, Roger Morgan, publishes his latest report Keeping in touch on children’s experiences in care and finds that the longer children stay in care the more likely it is that all contact with their parents, siblings and friends are lost. Once children have been in care for over two years, they have much less contact with their birth family and for those who have been in care for over six years all contact is most likely to be lost.

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The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2008/09

A picture of overall improvement in care, education and skills in England is revealed in Ofsted’s Annual Report, launched on 24 November 2009 by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert. Bringing together powerful evidence from almost 40,000 inspections carried out during 2008/9, the report acknowledges overall progress and many successes, but also focuses on where improvements must still be made.

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Ofsted publishes 2009 children’s services rating

The outcomes of the new annual children’s services ratings look at performance in 152 local authorities in England for 2009. The annual children’s services rating is a wide-ranging and robust assessment of the outcomes for children and young people in every local authority area which is strongly based on the evidence from inspections.

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Education for sustainable development is making a difference

Education for sustainable development: improving schools – improving lives has the findings of a three-year inspection programme looking at improvement in education for sustainable development in a selection of schools. The small-scale survey, which followed a group of schools over a three-year period, reveals that a focus on sustainable development is not only having a direct impact on the actions of pupils and their families but on the wider community.

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Single equality scheme consultation – Stage two

Ofsted is preparing its first single equality scheme. This is the second stage of the consultation, the first stage identified the priority equality objectives which have shaped the scheme so far.

The closing date for the consultation is 12 March 2010.

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Proposals for the inspection of Department for Work and Pensions contracted employment provision from 2010

Ofsted is reviewing arrangements for the inspection of the Department for Work and Pensions contracted employment provision.

The closing date for the consultation is 29 January 2010.

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Complaints about Ofsted’s work: proposed improvements to the process

Ofsted is reviewing arrangements for the handling and investigation of concerns about our work and the conduct of our staff.

The closing date for the consultation is 13 January 2010.

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Annual Report 2008/09


The Report principally presents evidence from inspection and regulatory visits undertaken by Ofsted between September 2008 and August 2009.

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Outstanding Providers 2008/09


The list of providers judged to be outstanding following an inspection in 2008/09 is now live. You can view the new list on the link below.

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