Children Most in Need in Torbay Continue to be Let Down by Tory Run Council

An Ofsted Report into Children’s Services in Torbay has been published today and the Conservative run Council service has been judged to be inadequately run.  Torbay was first found to be inadequate in this service area in October 2010. 

Cllr Steve Darling Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council said “I am bitterly disappointed that Torbay has failed to turn the corner and that the Council continues to let down some of the most vulnerable children in Torbay with an inadequate service. This service was first judged inadequate in October 2010. In the last few months there has been a ten percent increase of the numbers of looked after children under the care of the local authority, to me this demonstrates Torbay Councils failure to tackle growing poverty in the bay, as most children are taken into care due to their parents suffering from alcohol or drug dependency.” The former chair of social services in Torbay, Cllr Darling, went on to say “I was shocked at the number of recommendations in the report where some of the same inadequacies of the service were repeated 2 years beyond the last full inspection. I am disturbed that throughout the judgements of the report there appears to be a lack of timeliness and aspiration for key elements of the service however as somebody who was adopted I am delighted that the adoption service in Torbay is now judged to be good. My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I will carry on to hold the local authority to account for this very important service to the local community.”

The key judgements are as follows-

Report published: 24 August 2018 Children’s services in Torbay are inadequate

1. Children who need help and protection


2. Children looked after and achieving permanence

Requires improvement

2.1 Adoption performance


2.2 Experiences and progress of care leavers

Requires improvement

3. Leadership, management and governance


You can find the report here-

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