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Torbay child protection service 'improves'

Child protection in Torbay has improved according to inspectors who condemned the service in 2010.

An Ofsted report said that the service was "adequate", meaning it reached minimum standards.

Torbay Council said it would now ask the Department for Education to be removed from special measures, imposed after the 2010 report.

Children's Services director Richard Williams said there was "still much to do".

The 2010 report said there were cases of children at risk of "significant harm" and called the service "inadequate".

'Right direction'

Mr Williams said: "More than two years ago we faced a huge challenge to turn things around and it is clear from the inspection report that we have made lots of progress since then.

"We are determined to build on our good work and move from an "adequate" to a "good" rating by the next inspection."

Torbay's mayor Gordon Oliver said he would count on staff "to help us to continue our improvement."

Councillor Chris Lewis, lead member for children's services, said: "We are moving in the right direction, but we have always said that we are committed to long term improvements - not a quick fix."

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