Croydon Council Shamed For Failing Children At Risk
The Government has taken control of Croydon’s children’s services after a damning Ofsted report revealed “widespread and serious” failures were leaving youngsters at risk. The report blames weak management at all levels for failing to ensure social workers followed protocols for missing children and those at risk of sexual abuse.
There is growing coverage:
I do not normally direct people to Inside Croydon but its detailed coverage should be read. The most recent posting was on 4 September at
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The Transitional Action Plan is at
Child protection statistics at June:
1,789 children identified as being in need of specialist children’s services, down from 1,839 the previous year.
399 children and young people subject to a child protection plan, up from 360 on 2016.
760 children were being looked after by the local authority.
364 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children out of a total of 485 in care.
Council Executive Model Shown To Fail
The fact that the Government has had to take over children’s services is a damning criticism of the way Croydon Council is run. The Executive Leader/Cabinet/Scrutiny model has now been shown to have completely failed to properly ensure the protection of the most vulnerable group in local society. Council Leader Tony Newman has shown that he cannot curb his confrontational attitude in his Tweet:’ Disappointing Ofsted, we have acted immediately following July Inspection, but taking no lectures from Tories who cut funds & left chaos’. Cabinet member with the children’s portfolio Alisa Flemming has stated: “To speak frankly and to put it clearly, I am not stepping down. Why should I?” Its time to be humble and put aside the arrogance. It reminds one of the arrogance displayed by the Westminster Tory leadership after the Grenfell fire.
Tories right to call for emergency Council meeting
Labour would have done the same if it was in Opposition.