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Recommendations - Children in the Care of the Nottinghamshire Councils investigation report

These recommendations were made in the Children in the Care of the Nottinghamshire Councils investigation report.

Assessment of potential risks posed by foster carers and residential care staff

Recommendation

Nottingham City Council should extend its ‘Historical Concerns Project’ to assess the potential risks posed by current and former foster carers in relation to the sexual abuse of children. Any concerns which arise should be referred to the appropriate body or process, including the Disclosure and Barring Service, the local authority designated officer (LADO), the fostering panel and the police.

Nottinghamshire County Council should assess the potential risks posed by current and former residential care staff and foster carers in relation to the sexual abuse of children. Any concerns which arise should be referred to the appropriate body or process, including the Disclosure and Barring Service, the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), the local authority designated officer (LADO), the fostering panel and the police

Responses

On 30 January 2020, Nottingham City Council stated that a systematic review of all allegations made about the conduct of foster carers (including any who are now de-registered) will be carried out, to assess the robustness of the decisions made and the appropriateness of the responses by modern standards. The Council will write to all current and historical private fostering agencies that have been responsible for placing Nottingham children, or that have registered offices in the area. 

On 16 December 2019, Nottinghamshire County Council stated it is working to review current and former residential care staff and foster carers; this work will be completed in January. A second phase of work, relating to residential care staff provided externally and those employed within independent children’s homes, is due to be completed in April. 

On 13 January 2020, Nottinghamshire Council Council stated that the action plan in response to the findings to the Inquiry report was approved and a progress report will be brought back to the Children and Young People’s Committee in July 2020.

Evaluation of practice concerning harmful sexual behaviour

Recommendation

Nottingham City Council should commission an independent, external evaluation of its practice concerning harmful sexual behaviour, including responses, prevention, assessment, intervention and workforce development. An action plan should be set up to ensure that any recommendations are responded to in a timely manner and progress should be reported to City’s Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Responses

On 26 September, Nottingham City Council produced a draft action plan to address these recommendations for agreement by the Safeguarding Children Partnership on 30 September, and noted that it would be approved by the Executive Board at its meeting in October 2019. 

On 30 January 2020, Nottingham City Council stated that it intends to commission an independent review into the practices and response regarding peer abuse between children in care. The review will be commissioned by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), in response to the Inquiry’s recommendation and will be agreed with partners on 30 September.

Recommendations process

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Investigation report

View the Children in the Care of the Nottinghamshire Councils investigation report in its entirety.

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