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Herefordshire's child protection services ruled "inadequate" by Ofsted
A highly critical report into child safeguarding in Herefordshire has found all areas of protection procedure are inadequate.
The Ofsted report, published today, reveals the findings of a snap inspection into Herefordshire Council's child safeguarding carried out last month.
At a press conference this morning, Jo Davidson, the council's head of child services has said turnover and "change" amongst social work teams has been an issue relating to the findings.
She said the council will work to a sixth month improvement plan to bring procedures up to standard.
You can read the full report here.
Ofsted has outlined a need to audit all cases closed within the last three months and risk assess all current cases within children's social care services.
The report authors reserve specific criticisms for management, with management oversight "insufficiently focused" on the experience of the child.
They saw a "significant number" of cases where managers made poor decisions in respect of ensuring children were protected from harm.
David McCallum, independent chair of the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board, has said the findings were a surprise.
But the board had to take responsibility for not "having a grip" on what was going on day-to-day, he said.