Director quit ahead of critical report
One of Britain’s most experienced and high-profile social services leaders left his job just weeks before publication of a report uncovering serious failures in services for vulnerable children at the council where he worked, it has emerged.
The departure of Andrew Webster, Surrey council’s strategic director, services for families, was announced in early June – a month after the council and its partner, Surrey primary care trust, were privately shown a summary of an Ofsted joint area review that identified inadequacies in a range of services they provided for children at risk.
Resettlement boost for learning disabled
The care services minister, Ivan Lewis, has announced £96m of new funding to support the resettlement in the community of people with learning disabilities who were formerly housed in NHS “campus” accommodation.
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Campaign highlights warning signs for domestic abuse
Men who appear charming one minute and terrifyingly aggressive the next or who pressurise their partner into having sex are showing early warning signs of domestic abuse, according to a campaign launched by Refuge today.
‘Schools should have boxing rings to tackle gang culture’ – Minister
Every school should set up a boxing club to get pupils fit and tackle gang culture, says Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe.
Immigration cells squalid and unfit for use
A police custody suite used to hold immigration detainees for up to seven days has been condemned by prison and police inspectors as unhygienic, unsafe and unfit for use.
A joint inspection report published today said conditions in the suite of 13 cells in Southwark, south-east London, were squalid, with congealed blood and human waste on some walls.