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The Welsh Local Government Association endorse the overview ...
The Welsh Local Government Association endorse the overview Child Protection Reportpublished by the

Social Services Inspectorate Wales (SSIW). The overview reinforces good practice in Welsh local authorities as well as highlighting areas for improvement.

WLGA spokesperson for social affairs, Shan Wilkinson, said:

'The provision of high standards of care for vulnerable children remains a high priority for local government. This latest summary report by the SSIW, based on seven authority reviews carried out over a year ago is helpful in highlighting areas of good work as well as areas for further improvement in child protection services in Wales which is now under way in most authorities.

'The report shows authorities being effective in dealing in circumstances where there are clear signs of abuse and that social services responded quickly in cases where there had been clear allegations of deliberate harm or when referrals to social services described very high levels of obvious risk.'

'However, there is still more work to be done to increase standards in some areas and all authorities will remain vigilant and committed to improvement. Welsh local authorities are working closely with the SSIW to assure the quality performance of children's services and the WLGA will contribute fully to the review of safeguards for children in Wales which is being chaired by Gwenda Thomas AM.'

'The report recognised the dedication of staff in carrying out their role and responsibilities, however, many of the problems are the result of capacity issues, reflecting the UK-wide problem of recruitment and retention of qualified social care staff.'

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