Final appointment made to child safeguarding group after scathing reports
The Welsh Government has announced the final member of the Ministerial Advisory Board set up to support and oversee changes in the safeguarding arrangements for children and young people in Pembrokeshire.
Rose Seabourne joins the previously-announced members David Hopkins and Phil Robson as the third member of the board.
The Ministerial Advisory Board is tasked with assisting the authority in developing a plan for improvement.
It was set up following a joint investigation by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) and Estyn into the handling and management of allegations of professional abuse and the arrangements for safeguarding and protecting children in education services in Pembrokeshire County Council.
The appointments start with immediate effect and the board members have already begun their work with Pembrokeshire County Council.
Gwenda Thomas, the Deputy Minister for Social Services and Children, said: “We have moved quickly to appoint individuals with appropriate experience and skills to assist Pembrokeshire and I’m grateful to them for readily agreeing to take up their roles.
“I said last week that I believe the Council needs the support and challenge of an external team in producing deliverable plan of action. This team will report to Welsh Ministers on the robustness of the Council’s actions and action plans.”
Leighton Andrews, the Minister for Education and Skills said: “The Welsh Government is determined that the failings identified must be quickly rectified. What was contained within the papers issued by the inspectorate was wholly unacceptable.
“We expect urgent, strong and decisive action by Pembrokeshire County Council and the board which we have completed today will help them achieve this. Children and their parents in Pembrokeshire will expect no less.”