Croydon Council leader facing calls to quit after Ofsted report finds children are at risk of 'significant harm'

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The leader of Croydon Council is facing calls to resign after a damning Ofsted report found some children are being left at risk of “significant harm”.

Croydon Council was criticised for “widespread and serious failures” in children’s services in the report.

The Department for Education has appointed Eleanor Brazil as a commissioner for children’s services to oversee improvements. Croydon Council said “immediate action” had been taken.

Croydon South MP Chris Philp called for council leader Tony Newman and cabinet member for children Alisa Flemming to resign, describing it as “an unacceptable failure”.

The report said “weak managerial oversight at all levels” has meant basic social work practice is not good enough and the council is taking too long to place children into care. It was last rated in 2012 as adequate.

Councillor Alisa Flemming said: “The safety of vulnerable children is a priority for this council. I will do whatever it takes to make sure we are providing them with high-quality services.”

Council leader Tony Newman said: “Councillor Alisa Flemming and I are committed to improving Croydon’s children services. Today marks the start of our improvement board.”


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