BIRMINGHAM COUNCIL REACTS TO OFSTED CLAIMS
Birmingham Council has defended itself against Ofsted claims that it’s Childrens Services department put vulnerable children at risk by failing to carry out satisfactory reviews when youngsters known to them had died or come to serious harm.
As we revealed yesterday, three out of four reviews examined by the inspector were deemed “inadequate”, suggesting the department was failing to learn vital lessons after serious incidents (see link here).
That's been rubutted by the Council, whose response suggests - if you read between the lines - that Ofsted's criteria were not made clear until earlier this year; and that until recently Birmingham was regarded as a model local authority in terms of its SCR's (Serious Case Reviews).
A spokesperson said: "Serious Case Reviews are undertaken by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
"The management of Birmingham's Serious Case Review (SCR) process was nationally recognised and for this reason Birmingham was chosen as a pilot for the DCSF review of Child Death Overview Panels which reported in 2008.
"For example, if the Chair was a member of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, the review would not now be considered independent. In response, since January 2008, all SCRs have had independent chairs.
"Such delays are often due to the need to wait for criminal proceedings to finish - a factor that is acknowledged in Ofsted's 2007/08 annual report, and that has been reinforced in public statements by the Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families.
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