Children’s services in Cornwall have been condemned as “inadequate” in an Ofsted report which singles out the department’s leadership.
The report says children and young people in care are not properly safeguarded
As well as criticising the leadership, inspectors identified a range of failures in care planning, risk assessment, reviews, recording, planning and visits by social workers.
It also says there is a significant lack of initial emergency placements.
Dean Ashton resigned as director of children’s services earlier this month, saying he felt that the time was right for someone else to take a new approach to improving standards.
Chief executive Kevin Lavery, left, has drawn up an action plan which includes the appointment of Richard Hubbard as interim director and Kevin Peers as interim head of improvement.
Mr Lavery said the July inspection had raised “a number of serious issues which need to be addressed as quickly as possible”.
Before the Ofsted report, Mr Lavery said: “Our focus is to improve children’s care as quickly as possible. Therefore we were not prepared to wait for the final report to be published and have taken immediate action to put the problems right.”
Children’s Minister Dawn Primarolo said the government was “working urgently” with Cornwall to address the concerns identified in the report.
“It is deeply concerning that Ofsted’s report highlights fundamental weaknesses in Cornwall’s children’s services,” she said.
“We will now ensure the council puts in place full and robust plans, very quickly indeed - that will get to the heart of the problems and secure rapid and sustainable improvement.”