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Learning lessons from the Grenfell tragedy

When we think about our priorities for keeping vulnerable children safe, most of the time our minds turn to topics such as child protection services, thresholds, or child sexual exploitation.

DCSs need backing to weather perfect storm

Upon first glance, the findings from CYP Now's analysis of the latest trends on the shape of directors of children's services portfolios makes for encouraging reading (analysis pp8-12). Turnover of DCS positions has fallen from an eye-watering one in three at July 2013 to one in four this year; vacancy rates and interim positions have also fallen; and the number of DCSs who now also have responsibility for at least one additional department has stayed static after climbing for the past four years.

Blame games make the job of a DCS untenable

Last Friday, the Reading Post published a story about how children's services in the town received only one application for each of the three senior social worker jobs it advertised. On the same day, the Coventry Telegraph reported that 30 demonstrators had gathered outside the city's town hall calling for more action to be taken against the agencies involved in the Daniel Pelka case.