‘Find another way’ DoE tells failing council

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Worcestershire County Council has been told to find a fresh approach to child protection services by the Department for Education.

The County Council received a bottom-of-the-class “inadequate” rating following an inspection by Ofsted in January. There were “widespread and serious” failings in the council’s approach to child protection the inspectorate insisted.

Overall control of the children’s services department was given to the director of children’s services for Cornwall Council shortly afterwards.

But Trevor Doughty has now expressed doubts about Worcestershire’s ability to bring existing systems up to speed within an acceptable time frame. As a result, the DoE has told them to explore alternative options, with Doughty continuing as supervising commissioner until the end of the year. Essex County Council will provide additional advice.

The DoE directive states:

“Given the systemic and persistent failures in Worcestershire, and the need to increase the pace of change, [Doughty] has been re-appointed to work with Worcestershire County Council to undertake an assessment of options [for] the future delivery model for services in Worcestershire, overseeing its subsequent implementation, and to provide ongoing direction and assurance of service improvements ahead of transition.”

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