Child protection plan backing from Doncaster council

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Doncaster Council’s cabinet has today rubber-stamped a document outlining how the borough will be kept safe in future.

The ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ between Education Minister Michael Gove and the council sets out a framework to ensure the effective running of the new Doncaster Children’s Trust.

It marks the first step since a ‘legacy of failure’ in children’s social care in developing a model tailor-made for Doncaster that aims to accelerate improvement and spur on innovation.

Mayor Ros Jones said: “This is a significant milestone in setting a direction that is clear and robust, and ensures Doncaster is well placed to develop provision of the highest quality to meet the needs of Doncaster children.

“Doncaster has already made significant steps in the right direction.

“We see the Memorandum of Understanding as a mutual agreement between the Government and ourselves working together with rigour and clarity in achieving a trust that can fundamentally transform and safeguard the lives of the most vulnerable children in Doncaster.”

The Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed by Alan Wood, Doncaster Commissioner for Children’s Social Care on behalf of Michael Gove, and Mrs Jones on behalf of the council. It sets out the path towards establishing Doncaster Children’s Trust.

The Trust has been set up after it was announced in July that the council would be the first authority to be stripped of control of children’s services.

However, in September there was a change of plan and it was agreed that rather than complete removal of children’s services from the council, it would work with partners and Alan Wood to design and commission the Trust.

The Memorandum of Understanding outlines ways of bringing about better leadership, better quality social workers and better challenges of officers’ approaches.

An overhaul of Doncaster’s children’s services was deemed necessary following failings that saw seven children die in five years.

The department was also slated after two boys in council care tortured two other youngsters at Brick Ponds in Edlington.