Walsall sets up children’s services watchdog

Children holding handsA group of local councillors will examine children’s services in Walsall, following a highly critical Ofsted report.

The report, entitled Inspection of safeguarding and looked after children services, outlined the findings of an inspection that took place in June 2012. It found children’s services in the Midlands town to be inadequate in a number of areas.

Among other criticisms, the report states that the most vulnerable children in Walsall are not adequately protected and that there are failures in making local children feel safe.

The so-called watchdog group will visit branches of the children’s services department to inspect how the system functions, according to Midlands newspaper the Express & Star.

Its aim is to get a better insight into children’s services and to ensure that improvements are being made.

The safeguarding group will submit its findings to the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny and Performance Panel at a meeting later this spring. Chair of the scrutiny panel Barbara Cassidy said:

“It will help provide an overview for councillors of how young people get the support they need.”

 

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