A REPORT published today on the Edlington torture case shows that weaknesses still remain in child protection services at Doncaster Council.
Lord Carlile was asked to look at services at Doncaster Council by Education Secretary Michael Gove following the publication of the full serious case review into the brutal attack on an 11-year-old and a nine-year-old by two brothers, aged 10 and 11, in 2009.
Lord Carlile said: “I found that Doncaster today is not faced with the shambolic situation of early 2009.
“However, there remain weaknesses, which have been highlighted by the consequences of a severely critical report following an Ofsted inspection in October 2012 of the arrangements in Doncaster for the protection of children.”
The council has admitted services have not improved enough since the events of 2009, saying “features of that systematic failure remain today”.
Lord Carlile said his report summarises more than 100 important events affecting the brothers leading up to the attacks in April 2009.
He said in the report: “It is simply shocking to reflect that, over 100 events after the first, the two boys were out on the streets uncontrolled to the extent that they very nearly ended the life of a boy of their own age.”
The council said 279 members of staff were involved with the brothers’ family over a 15-year period.
A catalogue of violent incidents leading up to the attacks are contained within the report that states the attacks would have been preventable” if action had been taken by agencies earlier.
The report coincides with a highly critical inspection report by Ofsted on the town’s child protection services.