Welsh services off special measures

Children’s services at Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent councils have been taken off special measures after more than two years of monitoring.

Since early 2004, the Social Services Inspectorate for Wales had been monitoring the performance of the councils’ children’s services every three months and reporting back to ministers. The measures were introduced after both received critical inspection reports in 2003.

But the Welsh assembly government said last week that the measures would end immediately after recent reviews found the councils were “well placed” to sustain and further improve services.

Acting SSIW chief inspector Richard Tebboth particularly praised Blaenau Gwent for transforming its performance and the morale of staff.

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