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Social Services: Haringey

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1123W, on social services: Haringey, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the inspections of Haringey undertaken by Ofsted. (248573)

Ofsted is an independent non-ministerial Government Department and HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has responsibility for matters concerning the quality of Ofsted's inspections. It is not the proper role of the Department to assess inspections. The December 2008 report of the joint area review of Haringey services, led by Ofsted, clearly identified a number of serious concerns and made recommendations to address them. In light of the report, the Secretary of State has taken urgent action to secure improvements in Haringey's safeguarding services.