A damning Ofsted report has revealed how badly youngsters are being let down by child services in Cambridgeshire. Inspectors made an unannounced four-day review of children’s social care in the region and concluded the county council ‘required improvement’. Ofsted found that a “significant minority” of children are not receiving the help and support they need. This included children experiencing chronic harm or neglect. Inspector Dominic Stevens said in most cases, the services the local authority gives make a positive difference to children’s current and “likely” future welfare – but the quality and timeliness of services remain “less than good” for too many children. He said for these children, the local authority “could and should” be doing more to help. Caseloads are too high Ofsted found during the inspection in mid-January that caseloads for each social worker had been too high. Mr Stevens said that too often, social workers and front line managers have had to focus on “the most urgent and important work” before work that is less urgent but of equal importance. For some children, inspectors found that visits were overdue or cancelled at the last minute, and assessments were not completed in “timescales that matched children’s needs”. The… Read full this story
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