Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Kent County Council: Concerns remain for vulnerable children.

An Ofsted report last November concluded that children in Kent had been left at risk of significant harm by inadequate services in almost every area.

That prompted a public apology from council leader Paul Carter, who said the council had not been rigorous enough and promised it would do better.

But in April several councillors criticised the council's action plan, with one backbench Conservative councillor saying officials had "a cat in hell's chance" of meeting demands to improve services for vulnerable children.

Last month the man brought in to overhaul Kent County Council's failing children's services, Malcolm Newsam, was called before the scrutiny committee.

KCC, which is being forced to axe hundreds of jobs due to cuts in council funding has been paying up to £1,250 a day each for six temporary staff.

Malcolm Newsam, the new Interim Managing Director for Children, Families and Education, is the highest paid at £1,250 a day.

He's followed by Alastair Pettigrew, head of specialist children's services on £825 per day and Andy Roberts in the education and learning department who receives £780 a day.

My comment: Please refer to my previous post. Now we know why Kent County Council is willing to pay well over the odds for agency staff. The Ofsted report put them in the Haringey category just prior to Baby P. This now looks like a case of chaos management so the question that should be asked is why did they let the service deteriorate in the first place? 
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