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Helping Hands On the front line AUDITOR REVEALS CONCERNS ABOUT MANAGEMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

Byline: By Steve Tucker South Wales Echo

March 2001: District Auditor asked to conduct a review of the council's Emergency Duties Team.

June 2001: District Auditor reveals very serious concerns about the way the EDT is managed. Council's internal auditors asked to conduct a thorough examination.

August 2001: The council's auditors present their findings.

November 2001: Formal internal investigation is completed and report received by management on November 14.

September 2002: Highly critical Joint Review report on Cardiff's social services department is published by the Social Services Inspectorate and the Audit Commission in Wales.

January 2003: At a social care conference, council leader Russell Goodway, pictured, said the social services department had failed Cardiff's most vulnerable people.

In the same month Alan Chapman is made acting head of Cardiff's social services department.

August 2003: Welshman Chris Davies, former corporate director of social services at Somerset County Council, takes up his post as Cardiff's group director of social care and health.

November 2003: A new document from The Social Services Inspectorate Report Wales says of the authority's social services department: 'Despite changes, the department is still failing to provide an adequate service.'
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