Following his meeting in Cardiff this afternoon with Education and Skills Minister Leighton Andrews and Gwenda Thomas, the Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services, the Leader of Pembrokeshire CountyCouncil, Councillor Jamie Adams, issued the following statement:
“I had a constructive meeting with the Ministers and I was able to present evidence of improvements in policies and procedures that they may have been unaware of.
“They sought assurances from me that the policies which are already recognised as good become embedded in the Authority’s work on the safeguarding agenda.
“I accepted the points they made on this issue and the challenge that it presents to us as an Authority.
“I have confidence that the officers that we have and who started out on this journey of improvement are able to deliver the necessary outcomes.”
The Audit Office says despite some improvements, underlying issues have still not been tackled and the authority needs more help.
The latest report into child protection services in Pembrokeshire finds that whilst there have been improvements, more needs to be done.
Council leader Jamie Adams insists it has made good progress, but accepts there is more to do be done to improve children's services.