To have one damning Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman report ruling against you looks like carelessness but to have two in the same week looks like,er …Wirral Council.
After Wirral Globe brought you news of Report found vulnerable man put ‘at risk’ because of Wirral Council failings where we find that a son raised concerns about the quality of care his father received and charges relating to that care and the Ombudsman subsequently found Wirral Council at fault for closing a safeguarding investigation without completing it , for failing to comply with its own procedures and for the appalling way they dealt with (or didn’t deal with) the son’s complaint, we bring you our own exclusive which we gave you the heads up about a few weeks ago in our Wood is out but Wirral Children’s Sevices are not out of the woods… story where we wondered about the reasons behind the premature departure of John Wood Wirral Council’s former head Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) :
What we do know is that there is an impending Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman report which won’t make pleasant reading for Wirral Council and particularly those in the SEND Department formerly headed by Wood. We anticipate that the Ombudsman will find that Wirral Council were at fault and recommend urgent actions following a serious complaint involving a child with special educational needs. From what we understand it is unclear whether Wirral Council staff have had any training in SEND law. The law is clear, as is the guidance to which the department must adhere. However it would appear that Wirral Council are simply making up their own rules as they go along – no change there then.
As we anticipated the Ombudsman report which details the delay in completing and issuing a Education, Health and Care Plan for a child with special needs is the usual Wirral Council production when it comes to vulnerable people – you know the very people who they purport that they want to protect and yet fail to do so time and time again :