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SHEFFIELD FACES UP TO MISTAKES

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Sheffield City Council has tried to pre-empt criticism of it in a report by the Audit Commission and the Social Ser...
Sheffield City Council has tried to pre-empt criticism of it in a report by the Audit Commission and the Social Services Inspectorate due to be published next week by announcing a three-year action plan to improve services.

The report highlights the social services department's failure to fulfil some of its statutory duties.

New executive director of social services Penny Thompson said: 'The review highlights serious issues that the council does not consider to be acceptable. However, the review was carried out last spring, since when things have improved considerably.'

Sheffield's three-year plan includes:

- More elderly patients to be treated at home

- Assigning a social worker to each child in care or on the child protection register, with a review every six months.

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