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Immediate action taken to improve children's services

Following a report that identified weaknesses in children's services delivered in Dumfries and Galloway, a new Chair will be appointed to the Child Protection committee.

FULL STATEMENT:

“The Community Planning partners fully accept the hard messages in this report and I am pleased immediate action has already been taken. A draft plan has been developed which contains a number of actions to improve professional leadership, key processes and our partnership working.

"These actions include the appointment of an Independent Chair to the Child Protection committee. The new chair will lead on and take forward the necessary improvements to children’s service. He will be fully supported by an independent improvement team and nationally recognised, external experts.

“All partners and senior managers are fully committed to addressing all the issues identified in the report and as the newly appointed Chair of the Community Partnership, I will certainly be expecting to see significant improvements.

"There is no more important responsibility than protecting children and young people. By working more effectively together and getting the processes right, I am determined that the partners will lead, plan and deliver the changes needed”.

– Ronnie Nicholson, Chair, Community Planning Partnership

Report finds 'unacceptable weaknesses' in children's services

An inspection report, published today on children's services in Dumfries and Galloway, has identified 'a number of unacceptable weaknesses'.

This report follows an inspection led by the Care Inspectorate into Dumfries and Galloway’s multi agency approach to children’s services.

Today's report looked at services for families and young people delivered by the Community planning partnership, which is made up of Council, NHS, Police Scotland and the Third Sector.

"The report indicates that we need to do more to ensure that we get it right first time, every time for every child. To deliver measurable improvements for children and young people, we will be working hard to develop stronger, more collaborative leadership arrangements for all our integrated children’s services.”

– Andrew Johnson, Vice Chair, Community Planning Partnership and Interim Chair, NHS Board

“Police Scotland accepts the findings of the Care Inspectorate into Children’s Services in Dumfries and Galloway. In partnership with those in the Community Planning Partnership our priority now must be to work through the action plan that has already been developed, ensuring that the services we provide to our children, young people and families here in Dumfries and Galloway keep children safe.”

– Kate Thomson, Chief Superintendent, Police Scotland

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