Safeguarding services in Norfolk have been judged “inadequate” by Ofsted.

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The county council says it is now taking immediate action to improve its services following the inspection of its arrangements for the protection of children.

The Ofsted report makes a series of recommendation for immediate action, including ensuring that all child protection inquiries are carried out by a qualified social worker.

It said: “The delivery of arrangements for the protection of children in Norfolk is inconsistent and patchy. While some examples were seen by inspectors of effective intervention, there are too many cases where practice is very

poor.

“As a result, the council and its partners cannot be confident that all eligible children have been identified, their needs appropriately assessed and plans put in place for their protection.”

Lisa Christensen, Director of Children’s Services at the County Council, said: “This is not good enough for Norfolk children and families, and we are determined to do more, and faster to improve our service.

“Our prime concern is, and will always be, the protection, health and well being of Norfolk children and young people. Inspectors have given us some very clear messages about how we must improve our safeguarding service across the board and we will rise to the challenge they have set us.”

Alison Thomas, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “This judgement is very disappointing, and clearly there are a number of operational issues that need to be addressed.”

For a full report and reaction see tomorrow’s papers.

20 comments

  • Why did the Adoption manager leave? Did he sign a NDA?. Has he been replaced?

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    theanchovy

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • I have been calling fro Ms Christensen to resign since the appalling fiasco surrounding the forced adoption of the Hardingham children years ago, where her dept has been proved to be at fault. I call again for this woman to go, it seems the worse the news is about her organisation the more secure she feels her job is. Sorry Lisa, it's a leashold, not a freehold. Time for you to go.

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    Paul Radbourne

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Get over it Blod. Happens all the time with the EDP - too keen to control what their readership is thinking to allow people like you to post inconvenient or contradictory facts.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Why has my first post not been printed ? Makes my 2 nd posting have no relevance

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    Blod

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Seeing as my post on this did not make it past the EDP dictators who stifle free speech. >>>> Removal or sacking anyone ?.

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    "V"

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • 6 years ago Lisa Christensen assured me that procedures would be tightened...... Now they are still inadequate?.. Distressing for me and I am appalled that you are issuing the same reassurances you did back then to me. Words mean nothing!

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    Blod

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • I think we should ask that nice French town that is unfortunate enough to be twinning with Dereham to send over a guillotine. How long is it going to take to realise that a bunch of totally unqualified political groupies as a Cabinet is no way to run a County.

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    alecto

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Surprise surprise! People working within Norfolk's Children's Services department have been shouting loudly about this for a long time now. Lisa Christensen should have her head on the block for this, closely followed by Alison Thomas.

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    User Removed

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Over 6 years ago they were more than inadequate and vowed then it would never happen again. Procedures would be put into place to ensure that a child on the at risk register would not be murdered again! I spoke personally to Lisa Christensen in 2006 to express my distress and disgust and was fibbed off then so I am digested and distressed now to find that their safeguarding procedures are inadequate. Shame on you Lisa future sen!

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    Blod

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Ask Archant how much revenue they receive from NCC in the way of advertising, that might tell you why your comments are removed.

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    theanchovy

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Didn't the Tories claim to protect the vulnerable?So much for compassionate Conservatism.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Typo error Lisa Christensen

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    Blod

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Shame on you EDP! You've posted LC's picture to replace that of the inappropriately grinning but equally inept AT, plus removed all the critical comments to boot. You really are party to the most dastardly manipulation of public opinion. Could you not have simply superimposed a clown face as one jolly fellow suggested?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • NCC again Just look at the mess that they allowed Great Yarmouth Harbour get into No w at least there is going to be a enquiry but the Culprit has run off with a nice FAT Pension who was unfit for the job it seems to be rife in NCC.

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    Dave

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • "Inadequate" is nowhere near strong enough to describe these kidnappers.

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    Edmund Earle

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • To Paul Radbourne. My post has been removed and it was similar to yours re the Cromer family who had 3 children forcibly adopted while Ms Christensen was in post. It's a bit worrying that we are no allowed to mention things like this which are, as you rightly say, in the public domain and are true. The family were cleared of any wrong-doing but they will never get their children back thanks to NCC Childrens services.

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    samphirelover

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • What a pit of incompetence County Hall is.

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    samphirelover

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • What was wrong that you can't post my first comment? What I wrote was the truth and already in the public domain

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    Blod

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Hmmm, so my comment about Alison's Thomas's picture needing to be replaced has been removed but my advice heeded as it's been replaced by flame-haired failing foxtress LC.... Glad to see someone has the time to complain while the department falls down around their ears!

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    User Removed

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Typo error Lisa Christensen

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    Blod

    Friday, February 22, 2013

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