Children's services risk management strategy is a leap of faith

By Blair McPherson | 30 July 2018

The message is you’ve cut too deep 

It’s telling that it’s not until a council’s children’s services are rated inadequate that cuts are reversed and funds are suddenly found for more social workers and frontline managers.

So despite the heightened anxiety councillors feel about cutting child protection services, the risks involved in reducing social work posts when referrals are on the increase, the consistent findings of serious case reviews that without adequate professional supervision newly qualified and inexperience social workers will be overwhelmed and quickly out of their depth, the director was forced to deliver savings. Two questions why and how come the additional funds could be found once the authority had been , ‘named and shamed’. 

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