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Ofsted raises concerns about unallocated cases in North Yorkshire

Report on unannounced inspection reveals delays in child protection

An Ofsted report following an unannounced inspection of North Yorkshire children services has illustrated the pressure being placed on social workers.

In the section of the report dealing with areas for priority action, Ofsted reported that one of the teams visited had 50 unallocated referrals awaiting allocation for an initial assessment, some dating back to March/April 2009, though the cases had been risk assessed and were subject to regular review by managers.

The inspectors also found that there were 25 cases allocated but for which initial assessments had not been completed and in another team, there were 15 cases with initial assessments completed, which were now unallocated due to staffing issues within that team.

The full text of the report can be found on the Ofsted website here.