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Ofsted report highlights pressure on child protection system

10 March 2015
Children’s services are “creaking under the strain” according to David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board. His comments come in response to Ofsted’s Second Annual Social Care Report. The report found that only 10 of 43 children’s services inspected were providing good quality care. Of the remaining 33, 7 were considered inadequate and 26 required improvement. These conclusions were drawn following the inspection of more than 5,600 local authority children’s services, children’s homes, fostering services and adoption support agencies. Questions have already been raised about Ofsted’s framework for inspection. The report comes in the wake of the serious case review into abuse in Oxford and in the face of intense political debate surrounding child protection. There is recognition of the increasing demands on child protection services, despite government cuts to council budgets. However, it is unlikely that the ever-increasing public scrutiny of how our children are safeguarded will wane in the near future.

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