Friday, April 20, 2007

News From Gloucestershire

From The Citizen, we hear with regard to the sentencing of Eunice Spry, that the judge

"condemned social services and health workers who failed to spot the abuse".

and

"Care services claim changes have already been made to protect children in the future. The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board, the body now charged with overseeing various agencies involved with child care, said this could not have happened with systems currently in place. In a detailed statement, it claimed information was now shared between agencies so signs of abuse can be spotted earlier. It said issues raised in the official review into the Spry case are addressed. The review carried out by an independent expert identified key recommendations about changes in practice which include:

Ensuring that children are always seen by themselves if concerns have been raised.

All records should contain a brief up to date chronology of significant events and interventions in order to provide an overview.

Increasing safeguarding for children educated at home

Ensuring that professionals in private practice, such as dentists, are aware of child protection issues and know how to respond."

So how, we wonder, do they intend to increase the safeguarding of children educated at home? We are yet to hear.

It seems to us that we are already required to do all that is necessary - for example, home educators are effectively registered as such as a result of the implementation of the Information Sharing Index (I personally refuse to use the euphemism Contactpoint). LA workers can already share information about all families across any number of different agencies. If there is reason to suspect that there is any sort of problem, social services and education welfare officers already have perfectly adequate powers to intervene. Nothing more need be done.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Such as dentists?!

Katherine said...

"If there is reason to suspect that there is any sort of problem, social services and education welfare officers already have perfectly adequate powers to intervene. Nothing more need be done."

Carlotta, I totally agree with this. Why don't the SS and EWOs realise that they already have these powers, and use them appropriately?

Pete said...

Maybe things like my letter in the TES could get through a couple of heads that they're calling for powers that they already have...

Carlotta said...

It looks as if your letter should also go to the DfES, the Glos LA and the local papers once again, Pete.

Am thinking the ambiguity in the expression, "increasing safeguarding for children educated at home", which in the context could be taken to mean that they have already done this, or could also be planning more changes, is deliberate.

Will just have to keep shouting, or maybe saying it very slowly, "Look, you lot, you have already made changes; you already have the powers you need. NO MORE. STOP."