Surrey County Council criticised over child care

Surrey County Council has been criticised for its record of treating children in care after the release of government statistics.

The council's Liberal Democrat group said care for many children had been "disruptive", based on tables published by the Department for Education.

However, the Conservative group's Mary Angell said the figures were "devoid of common sense".

Ofsted had previously criticised Surrey's children's services.

One of the tables shows Surrey to be 139th out of 152 in the proportion of young people aged 19 who were looked after when they were 16 and are now in suitable accommodation.

'Misleading tables'

Mary Angell, cabinet member for children's services and families, said: "The tables are not an accurate reflection of the substantial improvements in our current position.

"These tables are an ill conceived misuse of statistics and they are devoid of common sense.

"We will not be distracted by these serious and misleading performance tables."

Lib Dem group leader Hazel Watson said: "Currently there are too many looked after children in Surrey who have three or more placements within a year. This is disruptive to the lives of these children.

"The council is also responsible for ensuring that its children leaving care have suitable accommodation. But too often the accommodation provided for these young people is unsuitable."

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