IT is heartening to see the Kingfisher Unit – a joint operation between Oxfordshire County Council, the police and the health service – draw praise for the way it tackles child sexual exploitation.
Ofsted has also given the council’s children’s services department an overall good rating in an independent assessment.
It is crucial these services are inspected because while there has clearly been a huge effort to improve in the wake of the scandalous failures by social services and police in Bullfinch, scrutiny must be maintained.
Many of the failings that led to those poor girls being abused by the Bullfinch gang were because of a culture of complacency.
Protecting our children is the basic expectation of these authorities and so while we are glad to see improvements, organisations like Ofsted must continue these inspections to ensure the mistakes of the past remain in the past.
8:30am Saturday 29th August 2015
A TOP transplant surgeon has backed the Oxford Mail organ donation campaign saying more donors are needed than ever before.
9:00am Saturday 29th August 2015
A RAPIST who disappeared before his trial to escape justice is believed to have had a second passport he could have used to flee the country.
8:00am Saturday 29th August 2015
MOVING tributes were paid to Carole Roberts yesterday at the former Lord Mayor of Oxford’s funeral.
7:00am Saturday 29th August 2015
SEVEN men have appeared in court accused of a catalogue of sex offences against children including raping underage girls.
6:30am Saturday 29th August 2015
PLANS for an Oxford Garden City could return as the Vale looks to accommodate 4,000 new homes.
6:00am Saturday 29th August 2015
FULL plans have been revealed for 140 new homes in Littlemore near Heyford Hill Sainsbury’s.