THE ISLE of Wight has been named as one of the 20 worst local authorities in Britain for providing social care services for children by a government watchdog.
Ofsted branded Isle of Wight children’s safeguarding services as inadequate, along with 19 other local authorities including Bexley, Rochdale and Somerset, in a report released today (Tuesday).
In August 2013, the Isle of Wight Council was one of 13 per cent of local authorities nationwide judged inadequate by inspectors.
Just three per cent surveyed were outstanding and about 40 per cent were good. Adequate ratings were given to 43 per cent, according to the report.
Inspectors said that in areas judged as inadequate, there was evidence children and young people continued to be harmed or were at risk of harm, despite known concerns.
The Ofsted report said services to protect children nationally needed to improve.
Inspectors found little evidence of strong leadership in inadequate authorities and said there was no sense of a vision shared by front-line staff, expectations were unclear and relationships with statutory partners were underdeveloped.
The report said that often resulted in an uncoordinated approach to planning and delivering services for children and families that had a direct impact on the quality of practice at the frontline.
In July, Hampshire County Council formally took charge of education and children’s services on the Isle of Wight in the wake of a damming Ofsted report into children’s social care and the continuing under performance of its schools.
Reacting to the report on Twitter, Cllr Chris Whitehouse said: "Standard of childcare on the Isle of Wight still appalling but Council now working hard to put it right."