Safeguarding delays putting children at risk, heads warn – TES, January 2015

Children are being put at risk of harm because of the length of time it is taking to complete vital safeguarding assessments by “understaffed” local authorities, headteachers have warned.

Almost one in five heads said that referrals to children’s social care departments are taking longer than the 45 days stipulated in government guidance, according to a poll of more than 1,100 school leaders.

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