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Ofsted calls Surrey’s Children’s Services ‘inadequate’

June 10, 2018 3:29 PM
Originally published by Woking Liberal Democrats

Ofsted recently published report into Surrey County Council's Children's Services and rated the service as 'inadequate'.

The report state that social workers feel ill-equipped and overworked, resulting in a 'tick-box' system and that large numbers of children detained by Police without a charge due to shortage of emergency local authority accommoation.

Surrey County Council Childrens Services

Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South, Will Forster said "The Lib Dems and I agree with Ofsted and the County Council that the right leadership and governance arrangements are now in place to make rapid progress, but we are concerned about the lost years for the children in care. Surrey County Council has been far too slow to recognise the urgent need for modernisation and improvement. The new appointment of an Executive Director for Children, Families and Learning gives me confidence going forward, but nothing can repair the years when children received poor support and were at risk."

"Each and every recommendation in the report must be implemented and we as the opposition at County Hall will do our best to ensure that they are. As the richest county in the country, Surrey should have been failing its most vulnerable children and young people."