Ofsted slams Sandwell Council

The Director of Children's Services and a councillor at Sandwell Council have resigned after OFSTED found that children in the borough were being failed.

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'I've decided to resign with immediate effect,' says Sandwell Councillor

Sandwell’s children’s services boss, Councillor Bob Badham, has stepped down from his post after Ofsted assessed the council's arrangements for protecting children to be inadequate.

Ofsted carried out an unannounced inspection of child protection services in February this year.

It uncovered failings in overall effectiveness, help and protection for young people, quality of practice, and leadership and governance.

As the cabinet member I have final responsibility for ensuring children’s services are fit for purpose. The Ofsted report has made it clear that they are not and therefore I have decided to resign with immediate effect.

I was fully aware of problems with the service and knew we had to take radical action.

– Councillor Bob Badham, Cabinet member for children's services

Senior council manager resigns for 'inadequate' child services

A manager in a West Midlands council has resigned following an Ofsted investigation, which found that child protection services weren't good enough.

Helen Smith, director of Child Services, has left Sandwell Council following an inspection in February this year.

Improvements are now being made, the council has confirmed, with more social workers being employed to help resolve the problem.