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Tina Gelder takes a look at the two damning reports out today. They conclude that vulnerable children on the streets of Doncaster are still not safe and children's services at the council are inadequate.
The Chairman of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board, Councillor David Simmonds, made this responsoe to Lord Carlile's report:
The British Association of Social Workers has responded to the reports by both Lord Carlile and Ofsted.
Chief executive Bridbget Robb has warned that concerns such as those highlighted over failing children’s services at Doncaster will remain unless bureaucracy is reduced and cuts reversed to allow social workers to do their job. Ms Robb highlighted concern over management practices in Doncaster.
The council said social workers had been overwhelmed by a dramatic rise in the number of cases they have to deal with since the overhaul began. The number of child protection investigations in the area has trebled in the last two years to almost 1,800 a year.
Lord Carlile said his report summarises more than 100 important events affecting the brothers who committed the assault, between May 2005 and April 2009. He said in the report:
Lord Carlile said there needed to be a "radical look at the way interventions are assessed" and said he had encountered disquiet over the current presumption that a child should be kept with its natural parents if at all possible.
Chris Pratt, the director of children and young people's services in Doncaster responds to today's reports. He says that while a "lot of progress" has been made, the authority is "not doing right" by its children.
Weaknesses remain in child protection services at Doncaster Council according to Lord Carlile's report. It coincides with a highly critical inspection report by Ofsted on the town's child protection services.
The council has admitted services have not improved enough since the events of 2009. The incident which sparked the controversy was a savage attack in which two brothers lured their victims to a secluded spot and subjected them to 90 minutes of violence and sexual humiliation.
The brothers had been placed with foster carers by Doncaster council shortly before the attacks. They had grown up in an extremely violent home in a different part of Doncaster, where they watched ultra-violent movies and pornography and were exposed to drink and drugs.
The council at the centre of a child protection storm after the Edlington case has admitted that "features of that systematic failure remain today". Doncaster Council made the comments ahead of the publication of two reports which are expected to be highly critical of services in the town.
The first was ordered by Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove in March. That report, by Lord Carlile, is due to be published along with the latest report on child protection in Doncaster following an unannounced 10-day inspection last month by Ofsted.
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The findings of a fresh review into a child abuse scandal in Edlington near Doncaster will be revealed later today.