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Watchdog says council child social services 'need improvement'

Swindon Advertiser: Councillor Fionuala Foley said the inspection was tougher than previous ones but accepted the findings Councillor Fionuala Foley said the inspection was tougher than previous ones but accepted the findings

AN OFSTED report has concluded social services for children at Swindon Council need improvement.

Following an inspection earlier this year, it was found that while there was nothing which required immediate action and no child was in immediate danger, concerns were raised in a number of areas.

Ofsted concluded more needed to be done to ensure social services were able to recognise the signs of sexual exploitation and the management of cases for children when they are first referred was also criticised.

The council was also told it needed a more consistent response to dealing with cases of domestic abuse when the police first report it to them.

However, there were also some positives with the adoption service being rated good and staff were also praised for helping young people with a problem before it became more serious.

The report also recognised the amount of case work for social services has increased dramatically over the last year.

An inspection was carried out over a four week period in March and April under a new, tougher system which Ofsted says is designed to raise standards.

Councillor Fionuala Foley, Swindon Council Cabinet member for Children’s Services said: “This was a very rigorous inspection by Ofsted under its new system, which is generally agreed to be much tougher than that used by the organisation previously to rate local authority performance. We accept the report’s findings entirely. We had already identified many of the issues highlighted by Ofsted and have been working on plans to tackle these.

"Some of the issues identified have one root cause, which is high caseloads for social workers. Like all local authorities we are finding it difficult to find enough social workers, but there are other things we can do to make caseloads more manageable in tandem with our recruitment efforts."

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11:32am Fri 23 May 14

Wildwestener says...

Who' be a social worker? If you take action too early you are accused of ruining famiies (which can and does happen) and if you don't, you end up with poor kids being abused or murdered. The public destruction of anyone in pulic office whogets something wrong means noo-one intheir right mind wants to work in it. Fine state of affairs that will leave us in. Perhaps OFSTED should factor in media character assassination of public servants when assessgtheir perfrmance with ever dwindling resources
Who' be a social worker? If you take action too early you are accused of ruining famiies (which can and does happen) and if you don't, you end up with poor kids being abused or murdered. The public destruction of anyone in pulic office whogets something wrong means noo-one intheir right mind wants to work in it. Fine state of affairs that will leave us in. Perhaps OFSTED should factor in media character assassination of public servants when assessgtheir perfrmance with ever dwindling resources Wildwestener
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3:15pm Fri 23 May 14

Bimbosforjustice says...

These idiots swoop in from London cause havoc, naval gaze and critique then swoop out again.

I'm all for accountability but Councils just like ours have funding slashed, immigration bringing in multiple young families with issues then develop a model of high standard adherence.

Basically saying we'll make it impossible to succeed so OFSTED cover their ****.

Why anyone would be in a Council now is beyond me especially in Social Care. £26k per annum? No thanks
These idiots swoop in from London cause havoc, naval gaze and critique then swoop out again. I'm all for accountability but Councils just like ours have funding slashed, immigration bringing in multiple young families with issues then develop a model of high standard adherence. Basically saying we'll make it impossible to succeed so OFSTED cover their ****. Why anyone would be in a Council now is beyond me especially in Social Care. £26k per annum? No thanks Bimbosforjustice
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