Collection

Improvement notices and directions

Improvement notices and directions about children's services issued to councils by the Department for Education.

These notices and directions are issued to councils due to ‘poor’ or ‘inadequate’ performance.

Open notices

The following notices are currently open.

Closed notices

The following notices have been closed.

  1. Improvement notice issued to Manchester city council

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  2. Improvement notice issued to Leicester city council

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  3. Improvement notice issued to West Berkshire council

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  4. Improvement notice issued to Knowsley council

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  5. Improvement notice issued to Coventry city council

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  6. Improvement notice issued to Devon county council

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  7. Improvement notice issued to Cheshire East council

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  8. Improvement notice issued to Cumbria county council

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  9. Improvement notice issued to Royal borough of Kingston upon Thames

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  10. Improvement notice issued to Rochdale council

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  11. Improvement notice issued to Herefordshire council

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  12. Improvement notice issued to Bexley council

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  13. Improvement notice issued to Barnsley council

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  14. Improvement notice issued to Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

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  15. Improvement notice issued to Cambridgeshire County Council

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  16. Improvement notice issued to Rochdale Borough Council

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  17. Improvement notice issued to London Borough of Bexley

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  18. Improvement notice issued to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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  19. Improvement notice issued to Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

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  20. Improvement notice issued to Medway Council

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  21. Improvement notice issued to Somerset County Council

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  22. Improvement notice issued to West Sussex County Council: closed on 14 May 2013

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  23. Improvement notice issued to Salford City Council

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  24. Improvement notice issued to Waltham Forest Borough Council

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  25. Improvement notice issued to Blackpool Borough Council

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  26. Improvement notice issued to London Borough of Sutton

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  27. Improvement notice issued to Wiltshire Council

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  28. Improvement notice issued to Cumbria County Council

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  29. Improvement notice issued to Calderdale metropolitan borough council

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  30. Improvement notice issued to Birmingham City Council

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  31. Improvement notice issued to Slough Borough Council

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  32. Improvement notice issued to Gloucestershire County Council

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  33. Improvement notice issued to Cheshire West and Chester Council

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  34. Improvement notice issued to Kent County Council

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  35. Improvement notice issued to Torbay Council

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  36. Improvement notice issued to Worcestershire County Council

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Open directions

  1. Direction issued to Barnet council

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  2. Direction issued to London Borough of Croydon

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  3. Revised direction issued to Kirklees council

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  4. Revised direction issued to Torbay council

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  5. Direction issued to Slough borough council

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  6. Revised direction issued to Worcestershire county council

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  7. Revised direction issued to Reading borough council

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  8. Direction issued to Bromley borough council

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  9. Direction issued to Tower Hamlets council

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  10. Direction issued to Sunderland city council

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  11. Direction issued to Isle of Wight council

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  12. Direction issued to Birmingham city council

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  13. Direction issued to Sandwell metropolitan borough council

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  14. Direction issued to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

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  15. Direction issued to Doncaster borough council

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  16. Directions issued to Rotherham metropolitan borough council

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  17. Direction issued to Buckinghamshire county council

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  18. Slough council children's services: direction to improve

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Closed directions

  1. Direction issued to Cumbria county council

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  2. Direction issued to Somerset county council

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  3. Direction issued to London borough of Croydon council

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  4. Direction issued to Kirklees council

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  5. Direction issued to Barnet council

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  6. Direction issued to Norfolk county council

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  7. Direction issued to Northamptonshire county council

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  8. Direction issued to Worcestershire county council

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  9. Direction issued to Torbay council

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  10. Direction issued to Slough borough council

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  11. Direction issued to Sunderland city council

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  12. Direction issued to Bromley borough council

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  13. Direction issued to Birmingham city council

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  14. Direction issued to Bromley borough council

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  15. Direction issued to Sandwell metropolitan council

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  16. Direction issued to Slough borough council

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  17. Direction issued to Reading borough council

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  18. Direction to Bromley borough council

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  19. Direction issued to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (closed)

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  20. Direction issued to Calderdale Council

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  21. Direction issued to Norfolk county council

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  22. Direction issued to Norfolk County Council (closed)

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  23. Direction issued to Sandwell metropolitan borough council

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  24. Direction issued to Birmingham city council

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  25. Rotherham council children’s services: direction to improve

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  26. Direction issued to Birmingham city council

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  27. Direction issued to Doncaster metropolitan borough council

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  28. Doncaster children's care: direction for improvement: August 2013

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  29. Doncaster children's care: direction for improvement - March 2013

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Published 3 July 2013
Last updated 29 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Somerset county council's direction has closed. Cumbria county council's directions has closed.
  2. A direction issued to Barnet council on 25 January 2018 replaces the previous one issued in September 2017.
  3. Moved 'direction issued to Norfolk county council' to closed directions.
  4. Moved Northamptonshire county council from open to closed sections as it left intervention in May 2016.
  5. Moved Manchester city council from open section to closed section.
  6. Moved Leicester city council improvement notice to 'closed notices' group.
  7. Added a revised direction for Torbay council, this replaces an earlier direction issued in May 2016.
  8. Added new direction for Slough borough council, moved previous direction to 'closed directions'.
  9. Added revised direction for Worcestershire council and moved the original notice to 'closed directions'.
  10. Added directions issued to Reading, Tower Hamlets, Barnet and Bromley borough councils to 'open directions' and moved old directions issued to Reading and Bromley and borough councils to 'closed directions'.
  11. Added direction notice for Croydon council.
  12. Added improvement notice issued to Gloucestershire county council.
  13. Moved West Berkshire council improvement notice to 'closed notices' group.
  14. Moved Coventry city council and Knowlsey metropolitan borough council improvement notices from open to closed as the improvement notices were closed on 13 June 2017.
  15. Added new direction for Sunderland city council and moved the July 2015 direction to the closed directions list.
  16. Added improvement notice for south Gloucestershire county council to open notices.
  17. Added direction for Worcestershire county councils.
  18. Added new direction for Tameside metropolitan borough council.
  19. Added new direction for Bromley borough council and moved the October 2016 direction to the closed directions list.
  20. Added new directions to Kirklees council and Birmingham city council to 'Open directions'. Moved Birmingham city council direction from December 2015 to 'Closed directions'.
  21. Added new direction for Bromley borough council and moved the June 2016 direction to the closed directions list.
  22. Moved January 2016 direction to Sandwell metropolitan borough council to 'closed directions' and added October 2016 direction to Sandwell to 'open directions'.
  23. Added improvement notice issued to Wirral council.
  24. Added a new direction issued to Slough borough council. Moved September 2015 direction to Slough borough council to 'closed directions'.
  25. Added direction to Reading borough council.
  26. Added an improvement notice issued to Wandsworth London borough council.
  27. Added directions to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and Norfolk County Council.
  28. Added a direction issued to Bromley borough council.
  29. Added new open direction to Doncaster metropolitan borough council.
  30. Added an improvement notice issued to Lancashire county council to the open notices section.
  31. Added a direction a direction issued to Torbay council.
  32. Added a direction issued to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.
  33. Moved Devon county council from open to closed notices as the notice was lifted on 29 February 2016.
  34. Added improvement notice issued to Surrey county council to open notices group.
  35. Added improvement notice issued to Leicester city council to open notices group.
  36. Moved 'direction issued to Calderdale Council' to closed directions.
  37. Moved 'improvement notice issued to Somerset County Council' from open notices to closed notices.
  38. Added new directions issued to Norfolk county council and Sandwell metropolitan council.
  39. Added the improvement notice issued to Lambeth borough council on 16 December 2015.
  40. Moved Cheshire East council improvement notice from open to closed as the improvement notice was lifted on 16 December.
  41. Added a direction issued to Birmingham county council.
  42. Added improvement notice issued to Darlington Borough Council.
  43. Moved Medway council improvement notice from the open group to the closed group.
  44. Added a direction issued to Cumbria county council on 9 November 2015.
  45. Added 'Direction issued to Somerset county council'.
  46. Moved Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames improvement notice from the open group to the closed group.
  47. Added 'Direction issued to Slough borough council'.
  48. Added improvement notice for West Berkshire council.
  49. Added direction issued to Sunderland city council.
  50. Moved Rochdale Council improvement notice from the open group to the closed group.
  51. Moved Herefordshire council improvement notice from the open group to the closed group.
  52. Moved Bexley council improvement notice from the open group to the closed group.
  53. Added improvement notice for Knowsley Council.
  54. Added new open direction to Birmingham City Council.
  55. Moved Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council from 'open' to 'closed'.
  56. Moved the notice for Cambridgeshire from 'open' to 'closed'.
  57. Updated an improvement notice to Rochdale Council.
  58. Moved Walsall Council notice from 'open' to 'closed'.
  59. Added reissued Bexley Council improvement notice.
  60. Added notice for Coventry County Council.
  61. Added 'Direction issued to Northamptonshire County Council'.
  62. Added a direction issued to Norfolk county council.
  63. First published.