Public Accounts Committee Report on Child Protection Comment

Alison Michalska, the Vice President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“Keeping children and young people safe from harm is one of the most important things we do. Our work in this area is incredibly complex and frequently misunderstood. A single worded judgement delivered by Ofsted cannot capture this complexity nor the fact that demand for these critical services continues to grow year-on-year whilst funding falls. As leaders of children’s services we are committed to providing high quality services in our own authority areas and supporting our colleagues to improve, there’s much evidence of innovative and collaborative work taking place within the sector to ensure that services effectively meet the needs of local residents when resources are scarce. There is more that central government can do and this report highlights a number of actions that would assist with this aim, including the development of the new ‘what works centre’ in children’s social care to identify and embed good practice across the country and the systematic sharing of learning from the Innovation Programme and Partners in Practice Programme.”


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