Ofsted must face an urgent independent review of its performance after a series of leaks and U-turns on its school inspection findings raised questions about its independence and credibility, according to council leaders.  

The Government will introduce a new set of professional standards for all levels of children's social work in England following recent scandals, education secretary Nicky Morgan has announced.

Child sexual exploitation has become a "new social norm" in some parts of Greater Manchester, an independent report has warned.

GPs, community nurses and care workers will be brought together under new plans to reduce hospital admissions and stays among the elderly.

Pembrokeshire County Council's decision to enter into a £332,000 settlement agreement to terminate the employment of chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones would result in unlawful expenditure if it is implemented, the Wales Audit Office has warned.

Council chiefs have called for an urgent review of the skills "crisis" facing social work.

The local government funding system is irrational, unintelligible and ultimately broken, according to a new report warning that services will be "unsustainable" without greater local control over business rates, council tax, housing, skills and we

Councils are now working with 99 per cent of households in England identified as being hardest to help with problems such as truancy, anti-social behaviour and worklessness, according to the latest update on the Government's Troubled Families prog

Councils have called for a radical shake-up of the system to tackle youth unemployment, including replacing the "inefficient maze" of national schemes with localised powers and funding.

Thousands of homecare workers are falling below the minimum wage because 93 per cent of councils in England and Wales do not require providers to pay them for travel time, according to Unison.