Welsh councils fail vulnerable children

    Welsh councils are not meeting the needs of vulnerable children, an
    audit by the Social Services Inspectorate for Wales has revealed.

    The inspectorate found similar issues as those raised in the
    Victoria Climbi’ inquiry report, including lack of communication
    with children and their families and greater need for
    multi-disciplinary and multi-agency approaches.

    Of seven councils audited only Swansea was judged to be serving
    most people well. High staff turnover and lack of resources,
    leading to social workers feeling “intense pressure”, is partly to
    blame. This in turn has led to a prompt response from social
    workers only when the children’s needs “require more intensive or
    intrusive interventions”.

    The inspectorate plans to assist councils to draw up individual
    agendas and may ask them to self-audit within 18 months.

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