Tameside Council 'inadequate' in protecting vulnerable children

Tameside Council 'inadequate' in safeguarding children Credit: Press Association

Children's services in Tameside have been downgraded to ‘inadequate’ in Ofsted's latest report.

Tameside Council was branded ‘inadequate’ for children needing help and protection, and also 'inadequate' in leadership, management and governance.

The report criticised managers and identified a huge backlog of cases.

More than 350 cases were waiting to be dealt with at the time of the inspection and more than 150 children considered at ‘medium’ risk of domestic abuse were still to be assessed.

Although none of those children were said to be at immediate risk of harm, the council was criticised for failing to deal with the backlog, leaving some children waiting up to two months.

‘Keeping vulnerable children safe is our number one priority, so it is reassuring that Ofsted did not find evidence of immediate harm. But our job is to do much more than that.

Stephanie Butterworth, Director of Children’s Services at Tameside Council

Council leaders say the cases have now been cleared and say they are developing a response and planning an improvement journey.

We have sought advice from the Local Government Association and other councils so we are developing a response based on experience and best practice.

Steven Pleasant, Chief Executive of Tameside Council