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Government hands £1.29m to Doncaster's children service

Doncaster's failing children services department is to receive an extra £1.29m from the government.

A report in June found child protection services in Doncaster remained "unacceptably poor".

The Labour government ordered the takeover of the service in March 2009 after the deaths of seven children through abuse or neglect.

The new money will help fund additional staff posts in an effort to turn the department around.

A report is due to be presented and discussed with members at the council's Schools, Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Panel later.

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In the report, Chris Pratt, director of the children and young people's service, said: "Additional resources in the form of project directors and project managers are needed to support management and staff in the delivery of what is a major and complex improvement programme.

"These project staff are being funded by a grant awarded by the government totalling £1.295m.

"Four project staff are already engaged and a national advertisement appeared on 9 June 2010 with the aim of recruiting two project directors, including one for developing the Children and Young People in Care Service and a number of project managers."

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