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‘Children’s services support the most vulnerable children in our society. They are in our care … and we are failing them …Children are [being] let down by inadequate social services.
Not a single child [will be] left behind.’The new reforms reflect recent changes made to failing schools. In stark difference to the ad hoc manner in which underperforming services were taken over previously, a formalised academy-style system will be introduced under the reforms meaning that any local authority judged as deficient or inadequate by Ofsted must show substantial improvements within 6 months, or be taken over. Should no signs of improvement be made within those 6 months, a new ‘commissioner’ will be appointed, and members of high-performing local authorities, experts and charities will be brought in and consulted. Like schools which have been turned into academies in order to up their performance standards, children’s services which are taken over will receive more freedom to make amendments to the ways they function and their leadership abilities.
‘Every single day our most vulnerable children and young people are supported by dedicated, expert social workers – support that changes their lives for the better. But in too many towns and cities across the country, children in the most desperate of circumstances are being allowed to slip through the cracks. This simply isn’t good enough, and every single child failed is one child too many.
‘We want to see excellent child and family social work at the heart of the child protection system … so that every child has the best possible start in life.’With some underperforming local councils having already been taken over as a result of their persistent failures, and others now facing immediate take-over action due to their own inefficiencies, it is hoped that the standard of children’s social services as a whole is vastly improved by the new measures about to be put in place.
Providing you with a detailed examination of Part III of the Children Act 1989