Oct 10 2012

SusanSays: OFSTED Report for Youth Service Scathing

Dear Editor,

We have previously expressed significant concerns regarding the recent OFSTED inspection of Harrow Council’s safeguarding service. The service was criticised for lacking focus, and various improvements were recommended – particularly regarding individual protection plans.

We now learn that another inspection – this time of the Council’s Youth Offending Service – was even more scathing. It said the findings in Harrow were ‘very disappointing’, and recommended ‘drastic’ or ‘substantial’ improvement in all areas of the service.

The outcomes of these reports are being considered by Cabinet on Thursday 11th October, and we will be asking a number of probing questions of the Council’s Labour administration regarding their findings. We hope we will be afforded the opportunity to ask our questions in full, given we are usually cut off at Cabinet. These are important services, relied upon by some of Harrow’s most vulnerable and challenging young residents. It is therefore vital that any concern or criticism regarding these services is examined with the utmost seriousness.

Cllr. Susan Hall

Leader of the Conservative Group
Harrow Council
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