Inspectorate gives verdict

The Quality Protects programme for improving children’s services
is diverting experienced staff away from frontline, mainstream
services, according to a round-up of one year’s worth of
inspections by the Social Services Inspectorate.

The report summarises particular trends and patterns, including
a “striking variability” in the quality of the services provided by
the English councils inspected.

“The small size of unitary councils meant that they had limited
capacity for planning and developing services.

“Metropolitan councils had more stable and experienced staff
teams,” says the report.

It also found that only 6 per cent of children who were the
subject of a child protection enquiry were not adequately

See report at



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