Published: 16/02/2017 15:42 - Updated: 16/02/2017 16:27

Board welcome report on services for children and young people

Moray CouncilTHE Community planning Partnership board in Moray has welcomed the publication of the Care Inspectorate’s report on the recent joint inspection of services for children and young people.

Moray Council, NHS Grampian, Police Scotland, the Moray Integrated Joint Board and TSi Moray have been working with inspectors and partners to address issues raised by the inspection.

A number have already been resolved with an action plan in place to address the rest.

Chairman of the Community Planning Partnership board, Councillor Allan Wright, said: "We accept the findings in this report and have been hard at work since the inspection addressing the issues and challenges that have been raised. I am confident the partnership is on the right track.

"The single most important fact is that the inspection found that no children were at risk.

"Whilst we are not complacent about the shortcomings identified, the fact that our children and young people are safe provides me with some assurance and confidence in our care provision."

The report also highlights a number of areas of strength, with particular reference to the nurturing support to parents and very young children, and the willingness of front line staff and senior managers to work collectively to meet the needs of children and young people.

Chief executive of Moray Council, Roddy Burns, said that much had been done at a strategic level since the inspection.

"Leadership issues highlighted by inspectors are acknowledged and we have sought to address these as a matter of urgency," he said.

"Senior officers from Moray Council, NHS Grampian, Police Scotland and the Moray Integrated Joint Board have joined forces to provide stategic and cohesive direction, we’ve commissioned a needs assessment for children’s services across the partnership and developed a children’s services plan for the coming 12 months."

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