The Department for Education has withdrawn its controversial “mythbuster” for local authorities after a children’s rights charity mounted a High Court challenge. The DfE said it had taken the decision to remove the guidance from circulation, rather than “divert time and public money to litigation”.

The charity is now urging councils to “quickly review and rectify any removal or reduction of support”, given that Children’s Social Care Statutory Guidance Myth Busting had been in circulation since the middle of last year.


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