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 Wandsworth London borough council
  2. Improvement notice issued to Darlington borough council
  3. Improvement notice issued to Lambeth London borough council
  4. Improvement notice issued to Manchester city council
  5. Improvement notice issued to Leicester city council
  6. Improvement notice issued to West Berkshire council
  7. Improvement notice issued to Knowsley council
  8. Improvement notice issued to Coventry city council
  9. Improvement notice issued to Lancashire county council
  10. Improvement notice issued to Devon county council
  11. Improvement notice issued to Surrey county council
  12. Improvement notice issued to Cheshire East council
  13. Improvement notice issued to Cumbria county council
  14. Improvement notice issued to Royal borough of Kingston upon Thames
  15. Improvement notice issued to Rochdale council
  16. Improvement notice issued to Herefordshire council
  17. Improvement notice issued to Bexley council
  18. Improvement notice issued to Barnsley council
  19. Improvement notice issued to Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  20. Improvement notice issued to Cambridgeshire County Council
  21. Improvement notice issued to Rochdale Borough Council
  22. Improvement notice issued to London Borough of Bexley
  23. Improvement notice issued to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
  24. Improvement notice issued to Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  25. Improvement notice issued to Medway Council
  26. Improvement notice issued to Somerset County Council
  27. Improvement notice issued to West Sussex County Council: closed on 14 May 2013
  28. Improvement notice issued to Salford City Council
  29. Improvement notice issued to Waltham Forest Borough Council
  30. Improvement notice issued to Blackpool Borough Council
  31. Improvement notice issued to London Borough of Sutton
  32. Improvement notice issued to Wiltshire Council
  33. Improvement notice issued to Cumbria County Council
  34. Improvement notice issued to Calderdale metropolitan borough council
  35. Improvement notice issued to Birmingham City Council
  36. Improvement notice issued to Slough Borough Council
  37. Improvement notice issued to Gloucestershire County Council
  38. Improvement notice issued to Cheshire West and Chester Council
  39. Improvement notice issued to Kent County Council
  40. Improvement notice issued to Torbay Council
  41. Improvement notice issued to Worcestershire County Council

Open directions

  1. Direction issued to Wakefield council
  2. Revised direction issued to Worcestershire county council
  3. Direction issued to Buckinghamshire county council
  4. Direction issued to Surrey county council
  5. Revised direction issued to Barnet borough council
  6. Direction issued to Croydon council
  7. Revised direction issued to Torbay council
  8. Direction issued to Sandwell metropolitan borough council
  9. Revised direction issued to Birmingham city council
  10. Revised direction issued to Kirklees council
  11. Direction issued to Slough borough council
  12. Revised direction issued to Reading borough council
  13. Direction issued to Bromley borough council
  14. Direction issued to Tower Hamlets council
  15. Direction issued to Sunderland city council
  16. Direction issued to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
  17. Direction issued to Doncaster borough council
  18. Directions issued to Rotherham metropolitan borough council
  19. Slough council children's services: direction to improve

Closed directions

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