Children: Social Services

Department for Education written question – answered on 1st June 2022.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of Sefton Council's Children's Social Care department.

Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the capability of Sefton Council's political leadership to run an effective Children's Social Care department.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Keeping children safe is vital, and the government takes tough measures when councils are failing them.

A Statutory Direction was issued to Sefton Council on 24 May 2022, following the 9 May 2022 Ofsted report that judged children’s services to be inadequate. The direction requires the Council to work with a commissioner appointed by my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, who will issue any necessary instructions to the local authority for the purpose of securing immediate improvement. In addition, the commissioner will conduct a three-month assessment of the Council’s capacity and capability to improve itself. This report will help determine the best next steps to ensure improvements are made for vulnerable children and families.

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