Executive fail to grill town hall bosses
An inspection by OFSTED in to children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers carrried out in June and July 2014 found services “inadequate”. This is the lowest ranking.
The report found-
- “The authority is not yet delivering good protection help or care for children, young people and families”
- 486 cases had waited a considerable time for assessment potentially putting children at risk.
- “management oversight is not robust”
- “too many children, particularly Black ethnic minority children, are waiting to be adopted in Manchester”
- “the local Authority was unable to produce accurate data”
The report was presented to the Council Executive meeting, but no searching questions were asked of council officers.
The OFSTED report makes chilling reading. After Rochdale and Rotherham there is no place for a council that’s inadequate when it comes to children that need help and protection.
It’s clear that the problems are not just about lack of money, but also failures of management.
It beggars belief when this report was presented to the council executive, they failed to grill town hall bosses. They seem unable to get a grip on how serious this is. It’s time for our council to step up.