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Council needs 'additional support to drive change'

Pembrokeshire Council 'needs additional support' by the Welsh Government to drive forward improvements Photo: ITV Wales News

Pembrokeshire Council 'needs additional support' by the Welsh Government to drive forward improvements. That's the view of the Wales Audit Office who says despite the authority producing a range of necessary policies, insufficient attention has been given to identifying underlying causes.

The Welsh Government had placed a ministerial board in place to assist the authority and has not ruled out taking direct control of its education department in the past.

The Auditor General for Wales, Huw Vaughan Thomas, said: "It is my opinion that the Council needs additional support to help it drive change.

"I'm aware of recent signs of improvement... however, based on my own findings and those of Estyn, also published today, I am not able to provide assurance that these changes are likely to result in improvements."

The issue came into the public eye earlier this year following accusations of locked padded rooms being in operation within some of the council's facilities.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: "We are aware of the serious concerns which the Auditor General and Estyn have expressed. We hope that the Council leadership in Pembrokeshire is taking this seriously. Ministers will respond as soon as possible."

Pembrokeshire Council said:

Clearly, the two reports published today identify serious issues which

the Council is committed to resolving.

We acknowledge the areas where we need to continue improving.

In many of these areas we have already begun to take the necessary

steps to improve outcomes for children.

– Councillor Jamie Adams, Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council

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