Lord Laming, the independent expert asked to review child protection in the wake of Baby P's violent death in Haringey, north London, in 2007, will today unveil his recommendations for how to prevent more such killings.Sounds like a plan – get the guy in who drafted the last set of recommendations (that some of them failed to follow) and let him draft some more.
After all, at least that can’t make things worse, right?
Lord Laming, a former chief inspector of social services, established the current framework for social care with his report into the abusive death of Victoria Climbié in 2000.Whoops!
As a result of that report, councils have merged their social services and education departments into single divisions led by a single director.
That structure will not be changed after the new Laming review, but ministers now accept that it has meant that some combined children's services departments are being run by directors who have made their career in one field and have little experience of the other.
Never mind, can’t make an omelette without breaking a few
It will also be confirmed that from next month, councils' child protection departments will face unannounced surprise inspections by Ofsted, which monitors children's services in councils.You mean, they weren’t doing this before?