Tuesday, 17 March 2009

'Step change' in social work needed

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Frontline social workers are overstretched and hampered by "form filling", a review into child protection services in the wake of Baby P's death has said.
The review called for a "step change" in protecting children from harm and offered 58 recommendations, all of which were accepted by Children's Secretary Ed Balls who ordered the review.
Lord Laming was asked to carry out the audit at the end of the trial of those responsible for 17-month-old Baby P's death in August 2007.
He also delivered a similar full-scale review into failings in the Victoria Climbie case in 2003.
In that he severely criticised the local authority involved - Haringey Council in north London. It was the same council who had Baby P on the protection registered when he died in August 2007.

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