Child protection

Council childcare jobs axed to save money

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Alex Metcalf

Redcar and Cleveland Council has cut 30 jobs from a council childcare service in a bid to save £1.2m.

The authority's Early Help scheme has been under review for the past three months to plug a seven-figure hole in its budget for this year.

It's been revealed 30 staff took voluntary redundancy because of this review and 13 of those took early retirement.

The Early Help team offers support with breastfeeding, mental health issues and child protection – as well as offering guidance to parents and support to vulnerable youngsters.

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Abbey Richards was five when she was sent to live with a paedophile foster carer.
Abbey Richards was five when she was sent to live with a paedophile foster carer.