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SK-H072 – 13-Feb-09 – Partnership responds to Moray child protection report by HMIEDate

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 14/02/2009

Partnership responds to Moray child protection report by HMIEDate -13 Feb 2009

On behalf of the agencies concerned with child protection in Moray, the chief executive of Moray Council, Alastair Keddie, said: “We very much regret that the service our partnership delivers to children has not met the standards expected.

“Child protection is an extremely important issue for all agencies in Moray and we view the findings of this report with great concern.

“All partners in Moray are committed to the protection of children and take their responsibilities very seriously.

“We have made significant changes in our operations since the initial verbal report from inspectors in September. We have been working hard together ever since to ensure better information sharing and assessments of children at risk.

“As a partnership, we are all determined to ensure that child protection in Moray improves and that the commitment by everyone involved in our duty to protect children will address the shortfalls identified by inspectors.”

Chief Constable Colin McKerracher, chair of the North East Scotland Child Protection Committee which oversees child protection in the area, said: “We welcome this inspection and recognise the weaknesses it identifies.

“It has made a vital contribution to the NESCPC and helps us identify the areas where we can make improvements to child protection services.

“We have already put in place closer working arrangements between agencies and will continue to make these positive changes to deliver excellence in the protection of our young people.”

In light of the recent HMIE report on Aberdeen City, a review is ongoing to critically examine the NESCPC. The review is being carried out by a team of senior managers from Grampian Police, NHS Grampian, the voluntary sector and the three local authorities – Moray Council, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire – and will report its findings in March.

General manager of the Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership, Andrew Fowlie, said that significant advances had been made since the inspection.

“We deeply regret that some shortcomings have been found in elements of our work involving the protection of children,” he said.

“We have actively reviewed children known to our services and have been assured that child protection measures are in place and that children’s needs are being met.

“Any procedures that need to change will change and our staff will get the support they need.

“We will continue to work with frontline staff to find out what is working well and what needs to improve and will act without delay to make changes.”

Director of community services for Moray Council, Sandy Riddell, agreed that all agencies involved in child protection need to work more closely together.

“It’s clear that this report highlights specific areas for improvement and that urgent action is required to address these.

“The many actions we have already taken, particularly in assessments, information sharing and case conferences, are beginning to address the concerns of HMIE and, more especially, the needs of children that require protection.”

Steps which have already been taken by the partnership include:

· Extra social work staff based within Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin to improve communication between agencies

· Three new social workers recruited and a further three shortly to be appointed

· The new family protection unit in Elgin is now fully operational. Jointly funded by Moray Council and Grampian Police, the unit brings together police, social work and health professionals to work on improving child protection.

· Referral processes and interagency decision-making are being improved. All agencies have reviewed the way in which they make joint decisions for children and NHS Grampian and education officers will now always be involved in decision-making.

· Plans for clinical support for all health care staff to focus more on child protection assessment, treatment and intervention.

HMIE carried out an inspection during June and September last year to evaluate how Moray Council, NHS Grampian, Grampian Police and the Scottish Children’s Reporter work individually and together to protect children.

The inspection report can be found if you CLICK HERE

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SK-H071 – 12-Feb-09 – Moray child protection condemned

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 12/02/2009

SK-H071 – 12-Feb-09 – Moray child protection condemned

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Moray child protection condemned

Inspectors said they were not confident children received the help needed
Children at risk in Moray do not have adequate protection, according to a government report.

Inspectors said they were not confident children at risk received the help and support they needed.

SNP members of Moray Council said the report painted an “appalling picture” of child protection in the area.

Moray Council chief executive Alastair Keddie promised action, saying: “We view the findings of this report with great concern.”
He added: “We regret that the service our partnership delivers to children has not met the standards expected.

“Child protection is an extremely important issue for all agencies in Moray.
“We have made significant changes in our operations since the initial verbal report from inspectors in September, we have been working hard together ever since to ensure better information-sharing and assessments of children at risk.”

Moray Council and NHS Grampian came in for particular criticism in the report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.

It found assessment of risks and needs was “unsatisfactory”, information-sharing and recording was “unsatisfactory” and planning to meet needs, operational planning, leadership, policies and procedures were all “weak”.

The report states: “Inspectors were not confident that all children at risk of harm, abuse or neglect and in need of protection were receiving the help and support they needed.

“The immediate response to concerns did not always lead to rigorous assessment of risk and the use of appropriate legal measures.”

We have already put in place closer working arrangements between agencies, and will continue to make positive changes to deliver excellence in the protection of our young people

Chief Constable Colin McKerracher
It continues: “There were delays and deficiencies in the identification and investigation of suspected child abuse. Planning for children did not always bring about a reduction of risk within acceptable timescales.”

A joint statement from Cosla, the Association of Directors and Social Work and Moray Council said: “Everyone who works in local government – at political and official levels, in social work or any of the other professions – fully appreciates the need to ensure that vulnerable children and young people get the support they need and that they are protected from harm and neglect.

“The HMIE report on child protection services on the Moray Council area poses significant and important challenges for the council and its partners. The council and its partners are already taking urgent and comprehensive action to address these challenges.”

This is an absolutely appalling report and I am deeply concerned

Angus Robertson
Moray MP
Chief Constable Colin McKerracher, chair of the North East Scotland Child Protection Committee (NESCPC), which oversees child protection in the area, said: “We welcome this inspection and recognise the weaknesses it identifies.

“It has made a vital contribution to the NESCPC and helps us identify the areas where we can make improvements to child protection services.

“We have already put in place closer working arrangements between agencies, and will continue to make positive changes to deliver excellence in the protection of our young people.”

Moray SNP MP Angus Robertson said: “This is an absolutely appalling report and I am deeply concerned at the strategic management and leadership of child protection services in Moray.

“A report like this is bound to be morale sapping for the many dedicated social workers in Moray who have been completely undermined by the systematic and strategic failures uncovered by the inspection.

“The issue of child protection is of major concern to the public and the SNP will be seeking answers from the Moray Council as to how this frightening situation has occurred.”

‘No excuses’

Minister for Children Adam Ingram branded the shortcomings unacceptable.

He said: “It is clear to me that the leadership in Moray, particularly in the council, now have to demonstrate a real commitment to delivering this action plan.

“They need to demonstrate their ability to improve their performance. There must be no excuses and no passing of the buck by those responsible.”

First Minister Alex Salmond last year branded a critical report into child protection in Aberdeen “unacceptable”.

Children living at risk of abuse or neglect were not being given adequate protection, according to the report.

Government inspectors have since praised the efforts of the fostering and adoption services.

To view the original of this article CLICK HERE

‘Open the curtains, throw open the windows and permit the light of investigation and fresh air into family courts and sexual, emotional and physical abuse of the vulnerable – expose the abuse & the abuse of authority of those acting in OUR name!
No child asked to be or enjoys abuse,
it is for the gratification of the inadequate
‘.

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where you can help yourself and others at:
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