Child protection work in the London Borough of Croydon “needs improvement”, a multi-agency inspection has claimed.
Ofsted, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, HM Inspectorate of Probation and the Care Quality Commission conducted a “Joint targeted area inspection of the multi-agency response to abuse and neglect”.
The inspectors identified praiseworthy work
in some fields but also areas in need of change.
Setting out their findings, the inspectors wrote:
“Some aspects of multi-agency work are delivering well for children and young people but, in other service areas, multi-agency and individual agency work requires significant improvement.”
Croydon is home to an unusually high number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children: they now make up around half all looked-after children in the area, Children & Young People Now reports. It is also home to significant numbers of children placed in local foster families from outside the Borough.
Asa result local services are under a significant amount of pressure and do not always work together as effectively as they could, the inspection report claims, citing backlogs as well as poor communication and reporting.
“The demand for services is increasing the pressure on the police, health services, probation services and the local authority to ensure that there are sufficient resources to meet needs.”
Croydon is located nine miles south of Charing Cross and like a number of other boroughs, began life in one of the countries surrounding the capital – in this case Surrey – before it was absorbed into the expanding city suburbs.
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