Councils gear up to help tsunami victims

    Social services departments have teamed up with the Foreign and
    Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, the Department of Health, the
    British Red Cross and other charities to help people affected by
    the Asian tsunami disaster.

    Association of Directors of Social Services spokesperson and
    former president Roy Taylor said councils were advising on adoption
    and child protection issues. Others were offering support at
    airports to people returning from the affected areas.

    “Directors are picking up cases needing assistance, and special
    links are being forged with members of the South Indian and Sri
    Lankan communities,” Taylor said.

    Metropolitan Police and British Red Cross family service
    officers have been given contact details of all directors of social
    services.

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