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PLATT SAYS SOCIAL SERVICE CUTS PART OF HOLISTIC PLAN

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Cash-strapped social services departments should welcome ministers' emphasis on education, according to the newly a...
Cash-strapped social services departments should welcome ministers' emphasis on education, according to the newly appointed head of the government's social care watchdog.

Denise Platt, who leaves her post as head of social services at the Local Government Association to become chief inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate in July, said the 'education agenda is in many ways the preventative agenda for social services'.

Many councils are reporting that they are squeezing social service budgets to direct extra money into schools.

Ms Platt said: 'This government does not look departmentally but holistically. Money that improves children's life chances and prevents social exclusion is a great benefit to social services.'

Describing government hit squads as 'weapons of last resort after a very long dialogue', Ms Platt said she hoped her team could work with underperforming social services departments to make improvements. 'I certainly know as a social worker when working with individual clients it is best that they are motivated to help themselves. The big stick comes only at the end.'
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