Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Doncaster Council sets up new service to protect children

A new service has been set up in South Yorkshire to safeguard vulnerable children.

The Children's Multi-Agency Referral and Assessment Service brings together Doncaster Council, South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster NHS.

Front line staff from each body will work under one roof to try to protect children from abuse and harm.

Doncaster Council's Children's Services had been criticised but a recent inspection said it was now "adequate".

Head of Children's Assessment, Tracy Newcomb, said the new agency was a better way of working.

"We can respond to things more quickly. We can plan things together more robustly.

"So that will inevitably is going to have a much better outcome for children and their families."

Child protection failings led the government to order the takeover of children's services in 2009.

In May, Ofsted labelled the department as "adequate" in overall electiveness in safeguarding youngsters.

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