Last year we saw perhaps the most shocking story of the last few years. OFSTED inspected Barnet Councils childrens services and rated them as having serious failings putting young people at risk.
To quote the Ham & High
"The damning report, published yesterday, reveals: “There are widespread and serious failures in the services provided to children and their families in Barnet. Inspectors identified a legacy of widespread poor practice and ongoing systemic failures and services that neither adequately ensure the safety nor promote the welfare of children and young people."
"Children’s Social Services will continue to receive special attention so that we will be graded as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. All councillors are corporate parents to Children in Care and it is our job to make sure they get a decent life. All children and young people need protection from all kinds of danger and the Council will make sure that they get that safety. "
What they don't mention is that the improvement has been brought about by Essex County Council being brought in to turn things around. The Barnet Times reported
"through the implementation of an improvement board and a partnership with Essex County Council, the services have seen "consistent" progress and is showing improvements in some areas, according to inspectors in a recent monitoring visit."
I would urge all of the Barnet electorate to consider whether the an administration that has been proven to have failed are worthy of receiving a vote.