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Rotherham children services 'inadequate' according to Ofsted report

An Ofsted report released today has rated children services in Rotherham as 'inadequate.'

The report criticised leadership and management services Credit: Press Association

The report criticised leadership and management services, saying that senior managers "do not ensure that they have sufficient oversight of the quality of practice."

It also criticises arrangements to tackle child sexual exploitation as being "fragmented" and says that social workers do not see children frequently enough.

There are widespread or serious failures that result in children being harmed or at risk of harm. In the delivery of services for looked after children and care leavers these failures result in the welfare of these children not being safeguarded and promoted. Leaders and managers have not been able to demonstrate sufficient understanding of failures and have been ineffective in prioritising, challenging and making improvements.

– Ofsted report

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Jen Adair from Harrogate Credit: Alex Beer

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Couple's heartbreak after hospital staff failed to diagnose struggling unborn baby

Wendy and Chris Pratt, who live in Filey, say they have lost all faith in midwifery staff at the hospital after a lack of scans and tests - which they believe could have saved the life of baby Matilda.

Their baby was still born at 27 weeks after staff at Scarborough Hospital failed to spot signs the child was struggling.

The couple has since received undisclosed damages from the NHS trust in York - who have tonight apologised for what they've described as a 'personal tragedy.' Matt Price reports:

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M62 Junction 22 to 23 closed in both directions

The M62 is currently closed in both directions between junctions 22 and 23.

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The road has been closed as officers deal with an on going incident.

The closure is having a significant impact on the motorway and officers are advising motorists to avoid it if at all possible.

The closure comes after officers were called to reports of concern for safety of a man at an address on Saddleworth Road, Halifax at 4.09pm.

LGA to call for independent review after Ofsted report

The Local Government Association say they will call for an independent inquiry after a government report criticised watchdog Ofsted over its role of protecting children in Rotherham.

Protecting children from harm is one of the most important things that councils do. While some local authorities are making positive strides to protect young people, it’s clear that others have been too slow to step up to the plate and must do more to stop any cases where children could be at risk.

This report makes for uncomfortable reading and councils across the country will now be reflecting on its implications and asking questions of their staff to ensure we are doing everything possible to protect each and every child.

Preventing child sexual exploitation is incredibly complex but local authorities are not going to be able to tackle this vile crime in isolation, it needs to become everyone’s business.

We need to see better local working with the police and NHS to proactively review the processes used every day to keep children and young people safe. Schools, GP’s surgeries, charities and community groups also have a vital role in identifying and reporting any cases where children could be at risk.

In addition, councils, communities and parents need to have confidence in the Ofsted inspection regime and its role in protecting children. The LGA has called for an independent review to discover what has gone wrong with the inspectorate. It’s also vital that we move towards a process that is able to properly assess the contribution of all agencies in keeping children safe.

The exploitation of children for sexual or any other abuse has no place in society. There are lessons in this report for every community and we must all work together to stamp out this awful crime."

– Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board

Police confirm body is that of a man

Officers investigating the discovery of a man’s body in the River Foss in York are carrying out enquiries to establish the full the circumstances surrounding the death.

The man’s next of kin are still being traced. We are not expected to be in a position to name him until Wednesday at the earliest.

The circumstances of the death are unexplained at this time as the investigation continues on behalf of the coroner.

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