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DIRECTION LIFTED ON HACKNEY SOCIAL SERVICES

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Hackney LBC social services is delighted to announce that following a meeting between the chief inspector of social...
Hackney LBC social services is delighted to announce that following a meeting between the chief inspector of social services, Denise Platt, and senior council officers and members in July, direction on children's services has been lifted.

The news is an endorsement of the hard work put in by the council over the last 18 months to address the concerns of the social services inspectorate and the minister.

In her letter, health minister Jacqui Smith noted that the SSI 'remained impressed by the determined leadership and systematic approach adopted within the management of children's services'. Furthermore, she was 'reassured to hear that managers see improving the quality of decision making and delivering better outcomes for children as their most important priority'.

In order to safeguard the improvements made to date, the minister has asked the council to ensure that the percentage of unallocated cases of children on the child protection register and children looked after should not increase over the next three months

Additionally the council has to continue to submit monthly monitoring information to the SSI to ensure sustained performance improvement.

Fran Pearson, chair of Hackney LBC social services committee said: 'We are delighted that the minister has decided to take this action. Hackney Council is dedicated to achieving excellence in all areas of social services, the lifting of these directions is a clear reflection of the hard work which has gone in to improving services over the last year.'

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