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GOVERNMENT WATCHDOGS CRITICAL OF HARINGEY DESPITE IMPROVEMENTS

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Government inspectors have warned that Haringey LBC is failing to protect vulnerable children despite the lessons o...
Government inspectors have warned that Haringey LBC is failing to protect vulnerable children despite the lessons of the Victoria Climbié case.

A joint inspection by the Social Service Inspectorate, the Commission for Health Improvement and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary said practice in 11 of the 24 cases examined was cause for concern.

The inspection also found insufficient improvement in record keeping despite

recommendations by Lord Laming to ensure records are properly maintained.

Referral and assessment social workers told the investigators they had case loads of up to 30 - double the recommended maximum.

However, Haringey has done well on recruitment and retention despite being under a highly critical media spotlight, managing to fill over 80% of front-line posts.

A substantial increase in care proceedings and an increase in the number of children on the child protection register was also noted.

The report concludes that while Haringey is serving some people well, the prospects for improvement are uncertain.

Executive member for health and social services Takki Sulaiman (Lab) said the report's verdict is fair: 'It recognises that improvement has been made and that we have managed to improve an extremely difficult situation in a short space of time.'

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