Edinburgh referrals put pressure on staff

    Children on Edinburgh Council’s child protection register are not
    as safe as they should be, according to an external review ordered
    after the death of Caleb Ness and published last week.

    Front-line workers are dedicated and hard-working but the system is
    weakened by under-resourcing, says the report. The problem is
    compounded by a 150 per cent increase in referrals from other
    agencies since the O’Brien report into 11-week-old Caleb’s death
    last October.

    The “dramatic and intense” rise coincides with the loss of staff in
    children and families teams, which is a “major cause for concern”,
    concludes the report.

    Authors professor Stuart Forsyth, Douglas Kerr and Anne Black
    examined in-depth 41 cases on the child protection register between
    December 2003 and July 2004.

    Their report says there are 38 vacancies in children and families
    teams, while social workers undertake tasks below their skills,
    such as driving children to nursery.

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