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‘Council failings are putting children at risk of harm’

by Integrity of information, Records management non-compliance, Systemic failure

A shocking report has revealed that vulnerable children are being put at risk due to failings in Wakefield Council’s services…

Recording of social work was deemed to be “poor” in some cases. Inspectors noted that planning documents and records of visits were missing, making it difficult for the council to understand risks to the child and what actions had been taken.

Inspectors highlighted an audit carried out in January this year, which identified that around ten percent of referrals had been “closed inappropriately without further work being undertaken, including ensuring that children were safe”.

They also looked at unallocated cases, claiming in many, there was “no evidence of risk being identified, managed or reviewed”.


Read more: Wakefield Express, 23 March 2018

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