Monday, April 19News For London

How are London councils doing facing the new change to children’s service

High-performing local authorities, charities and experts will be brought in to turn children’s service around, UK Prime Minister David Cameron will announce later today.

Poor-performing local councils will be given six months to improve children’s service or face a takeover. The new taker will act as sponsors, forming “trusts” to take over from councils that are judged to be failing.

This followed a spate of scandals involving children’s services department – most notably the death of Baby P in 2007.

The baby died in London after suffering more than fifty injuries at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend over an eight-month period, during which he was repeatedly seen by the London Borough of Haringey Children’s services.

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“Failing the most vulnerable”

According to UK media, The PM will say the state is “failing” some of the country’s most vulnerable children but will vow that reforms will ensure that “not a single child is left behind”.

“This will be one of the big landmark reforms of this Parliament, as transformative as what we did in education in the last”. The Prime Minister will say.

The proposals will establish a new inspection regime and structures to deal with struggling services.

The education secretary Nicky Morgan has told local authorities that improving children’s service is “not just about money”, but about changing the quality of the workforce, and the quality of the leadership.

As the new policy is conducted, Ofsted will go in and inspect more quickly, and there will be “much less tolerance of failure”.

Children charity NSPCC Chief Executive told Westminster World that it is “a great example of how collaborations between charity and local services can work.”

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“More to improve”

A report released by Family and Childcare Trust, inspecting whether London boroughs are meeting the childcare needs, shows that in 2014, 27 local authorities did not have adequate services for children.

A resident living in South London named himself as Brent has expressed his concern to Westminster world that the new policy would not change much.

“I am continually concerned about a great niece, as she is unable to talk and is kept in the home 24 hours a day, with no nurturing or social interaction. But because she is not physically at risk they are not interested”, he said.

Alison O’Sullivan, Director of the Association of Directors of Children’s services comments:” There is more to improve than simply changing structures. Parallel to this lies the need for increases in demand to be met with adequate financial resources.”