MP 'horrified' at damning report on council child services
MP has said she was "horrified" to learn that child
protection services in Somerset have been given the lowest rating
of inadequate by Ofsted.
damning verdict comes after an unannounced inspection by Ofsted's
Services was told to review its child protection plans immediately
including cases that have been closed in the last three months.
County Council has described the report as "deeply disappointing"
and has pledged to make extra funds available for investment in
Tessa Munt said: "After last years result, childrens
services should have been an absolute priority for the Conservative-run
am shocked and horrified at this outcome. In 2009 under the Lib
Dem administration, services were judged as 'outstanding' and
it is utterly unacceptable for standards to have plummeted in
recent tragic case of Daniel Pelka has shocked everyone and reinforces
just how important it is to get childrens services right
there can be no cutting corners."
have written to John Osman, Leader of the Conservative County
Council, and former Cabinet Member for Children and Families,
asking him specifically to outline what he has done following
last years report and how he will address this years
Lib Dems at the County Council have experience, knowledge and
skills which again they will offer to the ruling Conservatives
in order to improve the lives of children in Somerset and I would
hope that this expertise will now be utilised."
Council Chief executive Sheila Wheeler, said: "We now have
the right people in the right place doing the right things. Ofsted
has recognised our investment in the service and our appointment
of a nationally recognised interim director of children's services,
Peter Lewis, to steer us through the changes we need to make."
do acknowledge that our speed of change has not been fast enough."