Thursday, 11 December 2008

Social services shake-up proposed (ITV News)

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Social services are set to be shaken up in the wake of the Baby P and Shannon Matthews cases.
Schools Secretary Ed Balls said £200 million is being pumped into a new fund to bring education, health and children's services under one roof.
The fund will allow children and families to access the services they need simply, and encourage agencies to work closer together.
Mr Balls and Health Secretary Alan Johnson will also formally announce the creation of a new task force to look at every aspect of social work, including leadership.
Ministers want to see future chiefs of local authority children's services gain experience in both schools and social work before they are appointed.
Training schemes will be changed, with more emphasis on "on-the-job" learning and the introduction of a new "qualifying year" in which new staff will get hands-on experience before they qualify fully.
The proposals come after Haringey social services in north London was severely criticised in a damning report into the death of 17-month-old Baby P, who suffered appalling abuse at the hands of his mother, her boyfriend and their lodger.
The council's leader and cabinet member for children resigned while the director of children's services, Sharon Shoesmith, was sacked on Monday.
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