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Birmingham social services criticised.



Byline: Birmingham's child protection system is "not fit for purpose", according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 a damning new report.

Summary: Birmingham's child protection system is "not fit for purpose", according to a damning new report.

Birmingham's child protection system is "not fit for purpose", according to a damning new report.

An inquiry into social services social services
Noun, pl

welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs

social services nplservicios mpl sociales 
 in Britain's second city was commissioned after inspectors found weaknesses in care for at-risk at-risk
adj.
Being endangered, as from exposure to disease or from a lack of parental or familial guidance and proper health care: efforts to make the vaccine available to at-risk groups of children. 
 children last December.

At least eight children known to social workers have died in Birmingham in the past four years, including seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq, from Handsworth, who was allegedly starved starve  
v. starved, starv·ing, starves

v.intr.
1. To suffer or die from extreme or prolonged lack of food.

2. Informal To be hungry.

3. To suffer from deprivation.
 to death.

Her mother and stepfather step·fa·ther  
n.
The husband of one's mother and not one's natural father.


stepfather
Noun

a man who has married one's mother after the death or divorce of one's father

Noun 1.
, who have denied killing her, are due to stand trial for her murder next year.

A report by a Birmingham City Council scrutiny committee found that a lack of senior management was a "major risk" and a shortage of experienced staff continued to "hamper progress towards improvement".

Findings from an external audit revealed that overall the quality of case files for children in care was not adequate.

Members of the inquiry committee visited all the council's main social care establishments and were "shocked and dismayed" at the standard of accommodation at some sites.

The report concluded that the current model of service delivery "is patently not working", adding that urgent investment was needed to address immediate and short-term Short-term

Any investments with a maturity of one year or less.


short-term

1. Of or relating to a gain or loss on the value of an asset that has been held less than a specified period of time.
 issues.

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