Minister concerned over standards

    Education minister Lord Filkin is to meet the Commission for
    Social Care Inspection following concerns that standards in
    children’s homes are not being met sufficiently or fast enough.

    During a debate in the House of Lords last week, Filkin said
    that he wanted assurances that the expectations about the standard
    of training of children’s home staff were being met as quickly as
    is realistic.

    He added that he would also like to meet directors of social
    services to discuss progress.

    Concern about the quality of some children’s homes was prompted
    by the screening of a Dispatches programme on Channel Four in
    November 2004, which showed homes were not properly vetting
    staff.

    The CSCI has met the producers of the documentary and confirmed
    that further investigations are being carried out.

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