The London Borough of Islington and Lincolnshire County Council have agreed to become “intervention advisors” at the troubled London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Earlier this year the children’s services department at Tower Hamlets was declared ‘inadequate’ by the inspectorate Ofsted. Its strongly-worded criticisms included the suggestion that child protection had “significantly deteriorated” since the previous inspection in 2012, leaving vulnerable children with abusive parents for unacceptably lengthy periods. Social workers had been unable to tell the inspectors whether some children at been “trafficked or abandoned”.
Tower Hamlets will now receive advice and assistance from the two authorities – an intervention arranged by the Department for Education. Islington and Lincolnshire have both been classed as examples of best practice in child protection and both have naturally received ‘good’ ratings from Ofsted.
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