Sunday, 14 September 2008

Second report blasts foster care service

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County Hall bosses today said children were not in any danger, despite a second damning report into Lancashire's fostering services.
But Lancashire County Council admitted the services had 'not moved on' after the OFSTED Joint Area Review (JAR), completed in May, described services for children being looked after as 'inadequate'.
Two council officers quit their jobs ahead of the publication of the report today.
Gill Rigg, director of children's integrated services, and Sue Fadipe, head of central services, left last week. But the council today refused to confirm whether the two were connected.
The report comes just months after fostering services were criticised in a November 2007 inspection. Council chiefs said the criticism relates to "processes and systems" rather than suggesting any children were in danger.
Council leader Councillor Hazel Harding told the Evening Post: 'This inspection was in May and you are right, it has not moved on as I think we would have wanted it to. That is to be regretted.'

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