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Norfolk’s safeguarding for children ‘inadequate’

Norfolk County Council has pledged to improve after its safegaurding for young people was branded ‘inadequate’.

The findings of Ofsted’s inspectors were ‘not good enough’, according to Lisa Christensen, director of Children’s Services.

“Our prime concern is, and will always be, the protection, health and well being of Norfolk children and young people.

“Inspectors have given us some very clear messages about how we must improve our safeguarding service across the board and we will rise to the challenge they have set us.

“Ofsted has raised the bar with these inspections, but children and families have the right to expect the highest standards of service so this judgment is simply not good enough,” she said.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children’s services, called the judgment ‘very disappointing’.

“We must now move forward and I will have a very clear oversight of the formal improvement plan and be working very hard with the director and the Department for Education to bring about the necessary improvements as quickly as possible,” she said.

The report did highlight anumber of positives, including the development of the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

 

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