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Bonkers Blog September 2013

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30 September (Part 2) - Must do better

Maureen HolkhamThere was nothing new reported on Rhys Lawrie this month. New material came to light but Rhys’s grandfather Trevor judged that it should not be made public yet. For its part Bexley council is still struggling to introduce measures to prevent it doing nothing to help vulnerable children ever again. It makes frequent references to spending more money but finding social workers willing to come to Bexley isn’t easy. Meanwhile the borough does not perform as it should.

It has introduced a new case management system this month (Liquidlogic) but changing managers might have been a better idea, their recent performance is still lacking.

I don’t pretend to know what all this jargon means but for the percentage of child assessments carried out within 35 working days Bexley was ranked last of the London boroughs that provided data. Percentage of referrals going to initial assessment was second to last and for percentage of social care clients receiving self directed support only six boroughs scored worse.


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