Local Government Ombudsman: New Child Protection Complaints

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The Local Government And Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has just released the latest complaints filed with the monitoring body, which oversees councils, adult social care providers and other organisations which provide local public services. Of the 31 new child protection and education cases published, 19 involve child protection matters.

Several cases raise concerns about councils’  handling of safeguarding procedures and failure to protect children from harm, unjust adoption placements, and unprofessional conduct by social workers. Interestingly, once complaint asks the LGSCO to look at harm caused by foster carers in the 70s. The LGSCO will not investigate claims which are more than 12 months old, though it does have discretion to disapply the late complaint rule if they consider the case meets the threshold. Their Guidance Note tells us the how the LGSCO assesses these kinds of complaints:

“The reasons for exercising discretion to investigate (or not) must be noted on…

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