The government is neglecting the improvement of child protection services, a group of MPs has claimed.
In a new report, the influential Public Accounts Committee has condemned government efforts to tackle underperforming local authorities as “too slow”, Children & Young People Now reports. Six years after a major review of child protection services was conducted by Professor Eileen Munro, less than a quarter (23 per cent) of local authorities have been rated ‘good’ by the inspectorate Ofsted.
The Committee declares:
“By no standards can this be seen as an improvement.”
The Department for Education has no “credible plan to improve the system by 2020″ the report insists. The MPs called on the government to draw up “detailed plans, including a timetable and resources for how it will work with local authorities to transform services”.
More needs to be done, the report claims, to recruit experienced social worker for supervisory positions.
“Despite some excellent practice, there is a problem with the competency and capability of too many social workers, and not enough good people to help improve services faster.”
Read the report here.