East Riding`s children services are effective

    East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s children’s
    services are effective, according to a Social Services Inspectorate

    The report concludes the council has responded well to a joint
    review of social services in 1999 which found that while many
    people were well served, family support centres were
    under-developed and services for children with a disability were

    However, services for children with a disability still required
    “further attention”, says the report, pointing to the limited
    availability of respite care and under-developed co-ordination
    between the different agencies involved.

    The inspection also points to the over-representation of ethnic
    minority families on the child protection register, although this
    could be explained by the small numbers involved, and the support
    provided to a significant number of temporary refugees.

    In a list of 19 recommendations, the report highlights the need
    for an “urgent review” of the council’s emergency
    out-of-hours service, which it describes as a “potentially
    vulnerable part of the service”.




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