Why didn’t council ‘just do it’?

Published on Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:05


LETTERS From Val Hards, Whippingham:

WITH grave concern, and I don’t use those words lightly, I read your article (CP, 18-01-13) about the Ofsted report that identified 'systemic failings’ in child protection.

In light of the Baby P case, during public question time at the IW Council meeting in March 2009, I said the BBC reported Lord Laming had told local authorities’ children’s services to 'just do it’.

I asked whether the council could assure Islanders children’s services were sufficiently resourced and trained and a competent service that someone such as Lord Laming would never ask of them "why did you not 'just do it’?"

The reply from Cllr Wells was: "We are totally committed to ensuring a good children’s service which provides support and leadership for children and young people.

"Lord Laming has been particularly concerned with the safeguarding services in relation to our children and young people.

"In order to ensure we are doing all we can in relation to this and following national guidance, we volunteered as one of three local authorities nationally to pilot the new Ofsted safeguarding inspection arrangements.

"The inspectors were in the local authority last week and a report detailing their recommendations and our associated action plan will be provided to cabinet in April."

I am no Lord Laming. But I am a mother and grandmother, who cares very deeply for the welfare and safety of our youngsters.

In response to this terrible report, which the CP details as being a "damning assessment of leadership and governance" whereby "too many children are not effectively protected from harm", I have to ask this council: when you promised that you would, why did you not 'just do it’?

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