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Social Services Department Slammed for Using 'Inexperienced' Staff

Magazine article Public Finance

Social Services Department Slammed for Using 'Inexperienced' Staff

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Birmingham social services department used 'inexperienced staff with insufficient management oversight' who did not meet the needs of the children in its care, a report has found.

An inquiry was commissioned by ministers after eight children known to the city's social services team died in the past four years. Ofsted criticised the level of care available.

The report, Who cares? Protecting children and improving children's social care, was led by former city councillor Len Clark. It found that the model for providing children's social services across Birmingham was 'patently not working', and the system was 'not fit for purpose'.

The team who visited the council social care buildings said they were 'shocked and dismayed' by the standards of the accommodation at some of the sites. …

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