Long overdue investigation of local authorities’ handling of child-neglect cases is to be set in place.
The government has just announced that it will carry out a series of inspections on public bodies working with neglected children.
The inspections which will start in May this year, aim to assess how effectively organisations like local authorities, police and probation services work together to help and protect children aged between 7 and 15, the age group considered to be most at risk of neglect, abuse and exploitation.
There will be 6 inspections, which from May until December will focus on children’s experiences at the hands of these organisations. Findings highlighting what works and what needs to be improved will be published when all six inspections are complete.
A further overview report will then be published to offer guidance on good practice in this area.
An initial series of inspections were carried out in January 2016 which looked at children at risk of sexual exploitation, and those who went…
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