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Peter Lewis, Interim Director of Children's Services, Somerset County Council:
- Most children who are at risk of harm are identified and receive help to protect them.
- A number ofcases where not enough was done to protect children, and where the riskof harm remained present for too long.
- Lack of clarity among the different agencies about thresholds for children’s social care involvement.
Somerset County Council has failed an unannounced inspection by the Government watchdog Ofsted.
It has rated the county council's services for protecting young children as 'inadequate.'
Inspectors found a number of cases where not enough was done to protect children, and the risk of harm remained present for too long.
The Council has accepted the critical report and pledged to address all of the recommendations.