Julian Wooster, who took up the post of Director of Children's Services just two weeks ago has responded to Ofsted's criticisms.
We fully accept the key findings of this Ofsted inspection and the short-comings it highlights.
Services are not good enough and improvements need to be made quickly and I am here to help make that happen.
Accepting all the criticism in this report, we must also look at the positives. There are examples of good practice, signs that we are starting to turn a corner. We are building on those signs of improvement but it has to happen faster.
It’s a difficult time for Children’s Services and our partners in Somerset but we are not alone – few authorities don’t have improvements to make. Our social workers do a very difficult job and much of my focus will be on supporting and developing them, while challenging them to improve.
Productive partnership working will be another immediate priority. Protecting children is everybody’s responsibility. The council is pivotal but there are many agencies involved and we all need to be performing well and working closely together.
Children deserve better, the inspectors demand better and we, the County Council and our partners, are all committed to safeguarding and improving outcomes for children in Somerset.
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