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LAMING SLAMS ERRATIC CHILDCARE

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Children's services are too often haphazard and inconsistent, the chief inspector of social services says in his la...
Children's services are too often haphazard and inconsistent, the chief inspector of social services says in his last report.

Sir Herbert Laming says the government will launch a major childcare management strategy later this year to tackle the problems of erratic and unfocused children's services.

'A number of worrying themes have emerged from recent inspections of services both for children looked after and for children in need.

We find some high-quality work, but too often it goes alongside poor practice and deficient management,' says Sir Herbert.

It was often not possible to see why social services had intervened, what they hoped to achieve and how they would know whether the situation had improved or deteriorated.

Meanwhile, Devon CC failed this week to fend off a legal challenge by a man who alleges he suffered a breakdown after being subjected to sexual abuse as a boy at a council-run home and school. Two Court of Appeal judges rejected the council's argument that it was not in the public interest it should be sued.

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