Wales Audit Office to investigate Pembrokeshire council

Pembrokeshire council offices in Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire council leaders say there was work to be done

Related Stories

The Wales Audit Office (WAO) has written to Pembrokeshire council to say it is to stage a "special investigation" into its affairs.

The intervention follows the council's response to two critical reports about its child protection policies.

The WAO says the two reports had highlighted weaknesses in corporate governance.

Pembrokeshire council said it would be happy to co-operate with the WAO investigation.

Earlier, the council created a new cabinet post with responsibility for safeguarding children.

The WAO said the weaknesses highlighted were particularly in the areas of leadership, political oversight, management and human resource management.

It said the failures were of such a scale and significance that there was a risk the council was failing to comply with legal requirements.

Start Quote

We have failed in this responsibility in meeting these expectations that are statutorily required of us”

End Quote John Davies Pembrokeshire council

The WAO said it would complete its inspection by the end of the year as "a matter of urgency".

Earlier, Anne Hughes, a former chairman of Pembrokeshire council, joined its cabinet with responsibility for safeguarding children.

It follows two reports highlighting failings in measures to protect children from abuse.

Members supported an action plan drafted by officials and senior councillors at the authority in response to the reports by the inspectorate bodies, CSSIW and Estyn.

Council leader John Davies said: "The reports are indeed hugely disappointing... we have failed in this responsibility in meeting these expectations that are statutorily required of us.

'Not fit for purpose'

"The fact remains there's a piece of work to be done."

He added that the council's constitution would be reviewed.

Education services for children and young people in the county were judged "unsatisfactory" by schools inspectorate Estyn.

It said the "policies and systems for safeguarding children and young people are not fit for purpose".

In a letter to the Welsh Government last month, the council said it was liaising with the police on about 25 cases which have been dealt with, and have included the involvement of other agencies.

Mr Davies, who is also leader of the Welsh Local Government Association, has been criticised by Welsh Government ministers for his response to the reports.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC South West Wales



13 °C 8 °C


  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two

  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa

  • Worcestershire flagFlying the flag

    Preserving the identities of England's counties

  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health

  • Two women in  JohanesburgYour pictures

    Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.