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SHEFFIELD SOCIAL SERVICES 'FAILING IN DUTY'

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Urgent action is needed to protect some of Sheffield's most vulnerable children, adults and older people who are be...
Urgent action is needed to protect some of Sheffield's most vulnerable children, adults and older people who are being exposed to unacceptable risk, according to a report published today.

The joint review by the Audit Commission and the Social Services Inspectorate says fundamental management changes in the city's social services department are necessary, reports the Financial Times (p8).

The report concludes that in spite of an acceptable level of resources for social services, the authority 'is failing to carry out some of its statutory duties'.

Andrew Foster, controller of the Audit Commission said: 'Sheffield has been failing to address the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of society. The authority needs to take major and urgent action to respond to the failings identified in our review.'
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