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MP's praise for Bay children's services

By Herald Express  |  Posted: June 19, 2012

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TOTNES MP Sarah Wollaston says she is 'impressed' with the progress being made in Torbay's children's services.

Dr Wollaston visited the department to learn more about the approach being taken to safeguarding children and the ongoing improvement plan.

Dr Wollaston said: "This was a helpful visit to catch up with the team's plans to improve children's services in Torbay.

"I was impressed by the progress being made in helping struggling families. Torbay is a great place to work and I hope the team has success in attracting more experienced social workers to join them."

Cllr Chris Lewis, member for children's services, said: "We went through each of our projects. She was very helpful, she thinks we are on the right track with our approach of early intervention to try to stop problems developing. She also realises the problem we have with finding experienced social workers on which we are having a recruitment campaign.

"We talked about academies, and about the establishment of the new health and wellbeing board.

"It was a very useful meeting and we have agreed to have it on a regular basis."

He said Dr Wollaston had also said she would arrange a meeting to update children and families minister Tim Loughton who had visited Parkfield.

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  • That_Guy  |  June 20 2012, 6:28PM

    Can MP Dr Wollaston or Councillor Lewis explain why Torbay Council apply for twice as many children's care orders as the average English Council? I doubt it! Go on, have a go Wollaston and Lewis. Let's see how convincing your answers are.

  • That_Guy  |  June 20 2012, 10:36AM

    Are parents in Torbay twice as bad at looking after their children as the average English parent? I wouldn't have thought so. TG's explanation is therefore that the Torbay "professionals", medics and social workers etc, are twice as bad as the average English professionals.

  • Chunder123  |  June 19 2012, 10:37PM

    If only people new the truth about torbay social services corruption from the early 90s. the stuff they did just to keep their organization afloat and in power is pretty sickening. THe courts were in on it also as it kept them in their jobs. without anybody to manipulate the government lose their jobs

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  • That_Guy  |  June 19 2012, 12:56PM

    Or, the local "professionals", medics and social workers etc, have a relatively high fascist "rating" of about 2, ie twice the English average.

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  • That_Guy  |  June 19 2012, 11:03AM

    The average "score" for all the Councils in England is 9. So Torbay is "doing well" at 21. Life must be quite tough for children there.

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  • That_Guy  |  June 19 2012, 10:59AM

    In That_Guy's opinion, other things being broadly equal, the more fascist a Council is, the more children's care orders it will apply for to the courts. Here is the "TG Fascist Council Premier League" :- the number of care orders applied for by each Council per year, per 10,000 local children :- South Tyneside 30, Middlesbrough 25, Redcar & Cleveland 22, Stockton-On-Tees 22, Blackpool 21, City of London 21, Torbay 21, Brighton & Hove 20, Derby 19, Gateshead 19, Southampton 19, Doncaster 18, Wolverhampton 18, Southwark 18, Bournemouth 17, Haringey 17, Hull 17, Lambeth 17, Manchester 17, Hammersmith & Fulham 16, Nottingham 16, Stoke-On-Trent 16, Darlington 16, Peterborough 15.

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