Stop Neglecting Local Children Say Medway Greens

18th Feb 2013

Medway Greens are concerned to learn that Medway Children’s Services have been found to be inadequate in every respect.

The latest Ofsted report paints a picture of an over stretched disorganised service which is failing to protect children or provide adequate support for local families. It states that: “whilst social workers are clearly conscientious and committed to delivering a good service, high referral rates, high caseloads and competing demands impact negatively on the quality of practice”.

Trish Marchant, Medway Green Party Co-ordinator says: “Although Medway Council claim to have protected the funding for the service, it is clear that this is not enough. The service is already under strain with the financial provision they have. It is extremely worrying to think what further impact cuts to Council funding imposed by the coalition government could have. Kent County Council have only been able to bring their Children’s Services up to scratch, after a similar damning Ofsted report, by employing an extra 48 social workers”.

Trish adds: “We are already in a position where in the UK we have one of the highest child poverty rates in the industrialised world with 2.3 million children living in poverty. We are seeing all kinds of cuts affecting the poorest families in our society. We are failing to protect our children from the future devastation of climate change. Now we are also failing to adequately protect our children from abuse and neglect”.

“These times of hardship are not the time to cut down on the support provided by essential public services. We need to stop the coalition government from playing party politics with the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society. The Green Party has a vision where the wellbeing of people comes first. It is only then that we will be able to reduce the need for services such as these”.

Notes:

Figures taken Unicef. (www.unicef.org.uk/UNICEFs-Work/What-we-do/Issues-we-work-on/End-child-poverty/)

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