Birmingham City Council Children’s Services ‘Inadequate’

New Ofsted Report Warns Of ‘Widespread And Serious Failures’

27.05.2014

Serious concerns have been raised regarding the standard of children’s services offered by Birmingham City Council by a new Ofsted report, which said the local safeguarding children board’s work was "inadequate".

Following an inspection of services between March 18th and April 9th this year, it was judged that there are "widespread and serious failures" which have served to leave children and young people at risk of harm.

In a summary, the report outlined a range of concerns including that vulnerable children "continue to be failed" by the local authority, many children are not seen quickly enough or properly assessed and the structures supporting social workers were inadequate.

It also warned that "long-standing and historical corporate and political failures" affect the leadership of such services, while concerns were highlighted in relation to plans to improve care.

The report stated: "Although there is a range of plans and strategies in place to improve safeguarding and care for children and young people, there has been a significant and unaccountable delay in implementation.

"As a consequence, help and support to the most vulnerable children and young people in Birmingham continues to be inadequate."

Expert Opinion
It is incredibly worrying to see that services designed to safeguard children from both physical and psychological harm in the Birmingham area are failing so significantly on a range of levels.

"The concerns identified are simply unacceptable and it is vital that steps are taken to respond urgently to this report – with the ultimate aim of promptly implemented new policies which will address these wide-ranging failings and ensure standards of support for vulnerable young people are drastically improved.

"It is vital that lessons are learned from these problems, not just locally but across England and Wales. The mistakes seen in the past should simply never be repeated."
Luke Daniels, Partner