Chris Longley’s reaction to the damning OFSTED report of 2009!


Posted on June 19, 2012 by rothpol

Dear Rothpol

Thank you for this entry, and for the fact that it has resurfaced today.

To my shame I had not realised these 2009 dated OFSTED findings about services for children in Rotherham were of this order: I had read press descriptions and comments but I had not seen these originals.

As most people who read my entries on Rothpol will realise I am pursuing the release into the public domain of the records of the Rotherham Child Safeguarding Board for the period spanning 2005/6 to 2009/10 when Councillor Wright was the responsible Cabinet Member.

As a “slice through time”, the 2009 OFSTED documents will give a vital external reference point against which to assess what the internal Rotherham papers themselves say.

Dawn Primarolo MP is reported in December 2009 as signing an Improvement Notice – one of a very few issued at that time – aimed at forcing Rotherham MBC to take actions to resolve the issues raised by OFSTED:
Primarolo said: “I will take whatever action is necessary to ensure the safety of children and young people in these authorities and elsewhere including using statutory powers where it is right to do so.”
Rotherham children’s board chair Shaun Wright, said: “We are already making important changes to how we support our children and young people.”
It will be good to see what the Rotherham Children’s Safeguarding Board said when it received the 2009 OFSTED documents, and what it instructed should be done to accord with the subsequent Improvement Notice when it was received from the Government.

I understand that under FOI time limits, I have only another few days to wait before I receive the RMBC documents that I have requested.

I will keep you informed

Kind regards


Chris Longley MBE

Readers may also be interested in: Fiddling While Rome Burns? A Response From Gillian Radcliffe

2 thoughts on “Chris Longley’s reaction to the damning OFSTED report of 2009!

  1. I used to work for the YPS – the staff are amazingly dedicated.They give 100% against all the odds. The managers idiots and liars. I have been trying to bring them (RMBC) to account for the last 2 years. RMBC closed ranks in a way that I expected – they will not win. If you want to know about fiddling ask about the true NEETS’ – that is where the issue lies.No pun intended. When I get it sorted I will explain more. Legal restrictions are a slight problem at the moment. But you can’t keep a good Socialist girl down.


  2. It is very disturbing that there appears to be a national consistency with local authority failures to adequately deal with child abuse cases and the senior personnel being associated in some way with the organisation Common Purpose. I leave it for readers to do their own research.


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