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 1st August 2015
DEVELOPERS wanting to transform Cowley’s Templars Square Shopping Centre said they hope their plans will spur more development in the area.
5:13pm Saturday 1st August 2015
A FLASHER exposed himself to a woman in Bury Knowle Park yesterday.
11:41am Saturday 1st August 2015
Fire crews have put out a house fire in Sibford Gower.
9:00am Saturday 1st August 2015
SAVING a man from a burning house was not the first heroic deed by postman Tony Rendell.
8:00am Saturday 1st August 2015
A WOMAN hit a row of taxis in Abingdon town centre yesterday after a “medical episode”.
7:00am Saturday 1st August 2015
A JUDGE spared a convicted drug dealer more time in jail for giving his friend £100,000 of drugs money to buy a house.