Commenting on the Ofsted update report on safeguarding in Haringey Council’s Children’s Service, Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, says:
“Clearly, a lot of people have been working hard, so that Haringey can achieve the basic service of protecting children.
“I tentatively welcome progress, but stuck in my mind is the fact that Ofsted gave this Children’s Service three stars weeks after Baby Peter died.
“There are clearly, still, significant shortcomings in key front-line services and I will continue to press for more openness and transparency, so we can have lasting confidence that they are getting it right.”
Councillor Robert Gorrie, Leader of Haringey Liberal Democrats, adds:
“I can only thank the committed efforts of the staff who are desperately trying to get this service up to scratch.
“However, I remain deeply concerned that only one in three vital checks of children at risk are happening on time. To me, this is deeply unsatisfactory and not of a high enough standard to prevent another child falling through the safety net.”