Sunday, 19 April 2009

'No bullying' at children's unit

An independent report has found no evidence of staff bullying at Reading's children's services.
The council started an investigation and ordered staff to come forward following allegations made in January.
Michael Hake, a former director of social services with no previous links to Reading, found some workers felt they had experienced bullying.
But he said the examples given "fell short" of the definition of bullying within the council's own procedures.
The report added: "Whilst a small number of staff were genuinely upset, the evidence does not support the claim that this happened 'all the time'."
Critical report
During the course of his investigation, Mr Hake interviewed a total of 38 current and former members of staff.
He acknowledged the council's child protection services went through a period of change between 2006 and early 2008 and faced a number of challenges.

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