Management overhaul at council rated ‘inadequate’ due to drop in quality of social work

Four senior or middle managers have left Wandsworth council since the inspection as it restructures to address failings in social work practice

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Wandsworth council has been rated ‘inadequate’ after a decline in the standard of social work practice.

A lack of effective scrutiny in the council also meant leaders “were not aware of the serious deficits concerning unsafe practice for too many vulnerable children until this inspection”, the Ofsted judgement said:


Since the inspection, “four senior or middle managers”, including an assistant director, have left the council, a spokesperson said. Dawn Warwick, who was head of children’s services for Wandsworth and director of education and social services for Wandsworth and Richmond, is now only director of children’s services for Wandsworth. A new role of director of adult social services has also been created.


Ofsted found managers had insufficient oversight, meaning the council was applying thresholds for intervention inappropriately. It also caused delays for children and young people being seen by social workers and an “inadequate recognition and management of risk”.

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