MP's praise for Bay children's services
TOTNES MP Sarah Wollaston says she is 'impressed' with the progress being made in Torbay's children's services.
Dr Wollaston visited the department to learn more about the approach being taken to safeguarding children and the ongoing improvement plan.
Dr Wollaston said: "This was a helpful visit to catch up with the team's plans to improve children's services in Torbay.
"I was impressed by the progress being made in helping struggling families. Torbay is a great place to work and I hope the team has success in attracting more experienced social workers to join them."
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Cllr Chris Lewis, member for children's services, said: "We went through each of our projects. She was very helpful, she thinks we are on the right track with our approach of early intervention to try to stop problems developing. She also realises the problem we have with finding experienced social workers on which we are having a recruitment campaign.
"We talked about academies, and about the establishment of the new health and wellbeing board.
"It was a very useful meeting and we have agreed to have it on a regular basis."
He said Dr Wollaston had also said she would arrange a meeting to update children and families minister Tim Loughton who had visited Parkfield.