Bexley children in care services ‘inadequate’ - Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 11:25 24 August 2012

An Ofsted report found Bexley Council was not ensuring children “known to be at potential risk of significant harm are adequately protected.”

The children’s watchdog carried out the inspection on services for children in care and found the council to be failing in five key areas.

The report published today listed 22 judgements and said Bexley was performing well in 12 areas and adequately in the other five.

Council chief executive Will Tuckley said: “The rating we have received for our safeguarding service is not good enough and is very disappointing.

“I would like to apologise to our residents for the failure of some of these services to meet the standards they deserve.”

The council has outlined its plans to improve performance which includes a social worker recruitment drive and getting health services and the police working closer with them.

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