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Children: Social Services

Department for Education written question – answered on 31st July 2017.

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Photo of Lord Black of Brentwood Lord Black of Brentwood Conservative

Her Majesty's Government (1) which local authority children's services departments have been found by Ofsted since January 2015 to be persistently or systemically failing; (2) which were made subject to the appointment of commissioners; and (3) which are currently run by commissioners.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department has categorised local authority children’s social care services as ‘systemic’ or ‘persistent’ failures since December 2015 when it introduced a tougher intervention regime. The following authorities have been subject to this new policy:

LA

Systemic/Persistent

Barnet

Systemic

Bromley

Systemic

Dudley

Systemic

Kirklees

Systemic

Norfolk

Persistent

Reading

Systemic

Sandwell

Persistent

Sunderland

Systemic

Torbay

Persistent

Worcestershire

Persistent & Systemic

All of these authorities have been subject to the appointment of Commissioners, with the exception of Barnet where recruitment for a Commissioner has not yet concluded. These authorities retain accountability for the effective running of their children’s services. Commissioners do not run the services, but do make recommendations to the Secretary of State on whether operational control of services should be removed from the council. Where Ministers accept a recommendation that services should transfer to alternative delivery arrangements, such as a new Children’s Services Trust, Commissioners will oversee this process

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