Protection service is slammed

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An Ofsted report has judged the child protection services at Northamptonshire 
County Council as 
‘inadequate’.

The highly critical reported was published yesterday. It said: “Children and young people in Northamptonshire are not effectively protected from harm.

“There are systematic weaknesses and inconsistent and ineffective practices that contribute to children and young people at risk of harm not consistently being recognised or helped.”

The council’s chief executive, Paul Blantern, said: “There are two major themes emerging from the inspection process. The first is that we and our partners need to improve the way we identify and assess children’s vulnerability so we can reduce the risk of children and young people suffering harm and abuse.

“The second is that we need to make sure we listen to and see things much more from the child’s perspective.”

The council has launched an immediate ‘recovery programme’.