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"Serious weaknesses" found in Surrey children's services

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"Serious weaknesses" found in Surrey children's services

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 11:42pm 6th September 2017. (Updated at 11:44pm 6th September 2017)

A number of children in Surrey, who are at risk of 'serious harm', aren't being protected quickly enough.

Those are the findings of a recent Ofsted report, which highlighted "serious weaknesses" in the county council's multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH).

It follows an inspection of children's services in our area last month (August 2 - August 3)during a monitoring visit.

Inspectors said improvements have been made, but some changes have "taken too long to achieve".

It highlights that more still needs to be done. 

The letter says: "Inspectors noted recent improvements, particularly in the few weeks prior to the visit."

"Children continue to receive an inconsistent response to their needs and, for some, potential risks are not explored quickly enough."

The letter pointed out that inspectors found that some children, whose circumstances "warrant a social work assessment", are stepped down to early help.

"Others are passed to the area teams for assessment when, in fact, the risk of significant harm should prompt a strategy meeting.

"This leaves these children in situations in which they are not assessed, helped or protected quickly enough.", it read. 

A Surrey County Council spokesman said: “Ofsted has recognised improvements we’ve made but we know there is more to do and everyone involved is working hard to ensure that our support for children and young people who need our help is as good as it can possibly be including through the work of the multi-agency safeguarding hub.”

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