Croydon’s Children at Risk Crisis – Failure of Executive Model?

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:

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/emergency-croydon-council-meeting-to-be-held-in-wake-of-damning-ofsted-report/story-30506774-detail/story.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-4853014/Government-takes-children-s-services-Croydon-Ofsted-report.html#ixzz4ryhkj5Ji

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/04/serious-failures-lead-ministers-to-take-control-of-croydon-child-services

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/8203-croydon-council-children-s-services-are-inadequate-says-ofsted-8211-live-updates/story-30503063-detail/story.html#FsXjGrjsGHIYghci.99

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

https://insidecroydon.com/2017/09/04/council-claims-immediate-action-taken-on-children-services

and you can track back.

The Transitional Action Plan is at

https://www.croydon.gov.uk/sites/default/files/articles/downloads/Children%27s%20services%20Transitional%20Action%20Plan%20%E2%80%93%20Post%20Ofsted%20SIF%20Inspection%20August%202017.pdf

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.

https://insidecroydon.com/2017/09/04/council-claims-immediate-action-taken-on-children-services

Tories right to call for emergency Council meeting

Labour would have done the same if it was in Opposition.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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