Children's services verdictBy Victoria Corbett
March 13, 2009
A report has outlined a series of reforms for the way vulnerable children are cared for.
The report from Lord Laming outlines what changes need to be made in children’s services in the wake of the cases such as Baby P, who died after weeks of abuse despite being known to social services.
Wokingham Borough Council’s child protection team was one of only seven in the country to be dubbed “inadequate” by Ofsted in January.
The report from Ofsted raised serious concerns about recruitment of social workers in Wokingham and the department’s record-keeping.
Children’s secretary Ed Balls mentioned the independent performance reviews underway in Wokingham and Reading when speaking about Lord Laming’s report in the House of Commons yesterday.
He said: “Improvement notices and additional support are now in place in Surrey, Birmingham, West Sussex and Essex – and independent performance reviews are underway in Reading and Wokingham.”
Lord Laming has called for the Government to set explicit priorities for the protection of children and young people and reflect these in the targets for each of the key frontline services.
Other recommendations in the report include a major change in the training and professional development of social workers and getting the Department of Health to prioritise recruiting and training more health visitors to support very young children.
- More in next week’s Wokingham Times.