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A report released today by Ofsted has criticised Sunderland Council's children's services, pointing to major inadequacies in the way it deals with vulnerable children.
The NSPCC has said in a statement that pressures on council budgets should not be used as an excuse for delivering poor services.
The local authority must take urgent action to ensure children at risk of harm get the protection they need. Problems with staffing levels can increase the strain on services but this cannot be an excuse for jeopardising child protection. It is unacceptable that some cases have been caught in a bottleneck for many months.
High quality and effective child protection services are a non-negotiable part of what local authorities must provide and this should include a high level of support for frontline workers. Keeping children safe from harm is everyone’s responsibility, from local communities to councils and statutory agencies and we welcome the council’s development of an improvement plan to improve these services as soon as possible.
Leader of the Council Paul Watson gave an interview to ITV Tyne Tees in which he accepted the failings in Sunderland Council's children's services highlighted by today's Ofsted report.
The main challenge facing the authority is clearing the large backlog of cases involving children at risk of neglect and abuse.
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A shocking report into children's services in Sunderland has criticised widespread failures and poor leadership.
The report by Ofsted has said that children are being left unsafe.
Among the areas ruled inadequate are:
- Child protection
- Children in care
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Councillor Brenda Thompson said she accepted Ofsted's report, which said Middlesbrough Council needs to take urgent action to improve opportunities for school pupils.
She said that although the inspection took place at the end of January 2014, it largely reflected a bad set of results the year before, and that the council has made changes this year that should help schools to make progress.
More than half of secondary school pupils in Middlesbrough go to a school rated less than good, according to Ofsted. It says pupils' performance at every stage is below the national average, and children fall further behind the older they get.
Inspectors are warning the authority to take urgent action to improve opportunities for pupils.
Lucy Taylor reports.
Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald says there is a need for improvement in the town's secondary schools.