Tower Hamlets children’s services ‘inadequate’
April 11, 2017 1 comment
Child protection services in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets are “inadequte”, Osted has declared.
Vulnerable chldren are often left in families prone to abusive behaviour for unacceptable lengths of time instead of being taken straight into care, inspectors concluded, and management hasfailed to properly oversee the efforts of social workers.
Osted said the council had not just failed to improve but had actually gone backwards since the previous inspection in 2012. On that occasion, the council was rated “good” and even “oustanding” in some areas.
But inspectors grew so alarmed during the current inspectation, Children & Young People Now reports, that they raised individual cases with the council.
Other issues were identified as need of urgent review, including private fostering, care applications and the numbers of care leavers currently in prison.
Ofsted’s report attributes blame to senior management at the central London authority:
“Despite uncovering a deeply worrying picture regarding the services provided to children, there has been insufficient rigour by senior leaders in challenging weak management oversight.”
“Many assessments and plans are of poor quality. Senior leaders have not been effective in challenging the entrenched culture of non-compliance with basic social work standards.”
Read the report here.
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April 11, 2017
Categories: Children in care