Chil­dren’s so­cial ser­vices ‘im­proved’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BUCKS County Coun­cil is mak­ing ‘sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments’ to its chil­dren’s so­cial care ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment for Education (DfE).

Min­is­ter of state for chil­dren and fam­i­lies Ed­ward Timp­son said that the ser­vice is show­ing clear signs of progress, and con­firmed that the DfE will not in­crease the cur­rent level of in­ter­ven­tion pro­vided to the coun­cil, and will be re­viewed again this sum­mer.

The min­is­ter made his state­ments in a let­ter, which fol­lowed a visit by staff from DfE in Novem­ber year to re­view what im­prove­ments had been made since an Of­sted in­spec­tion in 2014, which found the ser­vice to be in­ad­e­quate.

Lin Hazell, cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: “The min­is­ter’s de­ci­sion shows that we are im­prov­ing and are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

The county coun­cil says im­prove­ments will con­tinue to be made, and that the po­lice and NHS in the county will be work­ing along­side them to en­sure that hap­pens. the last

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