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10:34am 10th January 2012
(Updated 10:34am 10th January 2012)

Protection for Cornish children is improving but could be better.

An OFSTED report is out after a spot check on council services.

It has praised things like strong leadership and support for staff.

But the report says some workers still do not have enough training, some cases are still being delayed and the quality of work can vary.

Steve Blaney is in charge of keeping kids safe at Mounts Bay Academy near Penzance :

" I think any kind of mistreatment can affect students for life so we're looking to prevent that if you like and educate that actually it's unsociable and it's not right and it does harm people. So you're preventing it but you're also educating as to why it is wrong"

" Children don't see consequences. They don't see what possibly could happen. So, our job is to plan ahead and to make sure 1) There are no dangers and 2) If they’re in a situation where there could be a danger they are educated to be aware of how to avoid it and how to deal with the situation"


Welcoming the report Neil Burden, the Council’s Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: 

“This was an unannounced inspection with no time to prepare.   The inspectors saw us as we are.  And what we are is working hard to improve the quality of safeguarding services to the most vulnerable children in Cornwall. 

“We are not there yet but we are well down the road. We know that the systems and procedures which have been put in place need time to grow.  I am really pleased for both those who deliver and those who receive the service that the hard work and commitment of frontline staff and managers has been recognised.”

Trevor Doughty, the Council’s Director of Children’s Services, said

“This is the first really positive Ofsted inspection report of safeguarding services for some time.   Whilst the Ofsted inspection at the beginning of 2011 identified progress, this inspection provides further proof that the quality of the Council’s services is rapidly improving.  Along with the positive Peer Review in November, the Ofsted inspectors recognise that we are making significant and solid progress towards our goal of becoming one of the best children’s services in the country.”

You can read the full report here

10:34am 10th January 2012

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