Welsh Government Ministers Leighton Andrews and Carl Sargeant have issued a statement giving their response to a report by Estyn and the Wales Audit Office on child protection services in Pembrokeshire County Council.
In the statement, they confirm that the Pembrokeshire Ministerial Board will remain in place to ensure continued support in relation to improving safeguarding in the authority and to help in any transition to new support arrangements when these are agreed.
These reports give clear continued cause for concern highlighting that Pembrokeshire Council’s deficiencies are putting services in the local authority at unacceptable risk. If the Council cannot address these issues, then we will.
Given the unacceptable nature of the situation our priority must be to put in place adequate support and challenge to realise improvements as quickly as possible. This must address the wider issues and improve the corporate position of the authority. It will also need to ensure that improvements and changes being introduced in relation to safeguarding and educational outcomes for children and young people are implemented quickly and have a real impact on the ground.
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.