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Council develops plan to improve children’s services

PUBLISHED: 18:00 11 December 2017

Weston Town Hall.

Weston Town Hall.

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An action plan for how North Somerset Council can improve its services for vulnerable children has been drawn up.

In August, the education watchdog Ofsted found neglected children were not getting help quickly enough and opportunities to intervene were being missed.

Three areas were rated as ‘requiring improvement to be good’, including leadership and services for children who need help and protection.

The Local Safeguarding Children Board, which is made up of the council and other partners, was found to be inadequate.

MORE: Council’s children’s services ‘require improvement’.

The council has decided that to improve, managers should be able to identify patterns where children may be at risk of sexual exploitation.

The team supporting disabled children will also be reviewed to ensure it has enough staff and the authority will also work with other organisations to help young people who use drugs and alcohol.

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