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Cumbria County Council's child protection services have been judged to be inadequate after an unnannounced inspection by regulators Ofsted.
The review, which took place in May, concluded that social workers must act more quickly to step in when children are not being properly looked after and that more supervision is needed to bring about improvements.
Ryan Dollard reports:
An unannounced inspection by Ofsted of arrangements to safeguard children in Cumbria has concluded services are inadequate.
Ofsted inspectors found social workers must get better at listening to children and act more quickly where they are not being properly looked after by their parents or carers.
During the inspection it was found that a small number of children known to the council were not being adequately protected. The inspection report is clear that the council took swift and appropriate action to resolve these issues immediately when they were identified by inspectors.
Inspectors also identified several positives including the commitment of staff to helping children and families.