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The Slow Improvement Of Coventry's Children's Services

Coventry’s Children Services are slowly starting to improve following the death of a four-year-old schoolboy Daniel Pelka, which sparked an investigation by government watchdog Ofsted.

The education and children’s services regulatory body had branded children’s services with an ‘inadequate’ rating in 2014 following Daniel’s murder in 2012 by his mother and her boyfriend.

The lack of action by social workers and professionals working for other agencies in the city meant that the child was silently abused for years.

Experts found that little action was taken by Daniel’s school about his behaviour, (such as searching in bins for food and taking other children’s lunchboxes) which displayed signs of neglect and abuse.

At Coventry City Council’s Education and Services Scrutiny Board meeting on November 1st 2018, councillors mainly focused on Ofsted reports and looked to future inspections.

The Director of Children’s Services John Gregg said “We can anticipate the next inspection will be around December 2019 to June 2020”.

An Ofsted report, issued in 2017, found that while children’s services were improving, more work is needed to be done. The Ofsted report said that: “Some staff have a high number of cases”. One of the biggest issues faced by the services was the pressure and high workload on social workers.


Coventry City Council On Woodlands, Social Workers And Education

Plans for the former Woodlands School site have been revealed alongside details regarding child protection, foster carers and adoption. The Director of Children’s Services at Coventry City Council, John Gregg, said there was a “crisis” in the recruitment of social workers. “It could be called a crisis. It is a national issue”, he told the Education and Children’s Services Scrutiny Board on November 1.

He then said “We currently have 50 agency workers and Coventry needs 300 social workers”. Cllr Ann Evelyn Lucas OBE responded with “I don’t understand the constant recruitment of agency workers”.

Councilor Balvinder Kaur asked if there was a lack of diversity among social workers in Coventry. Mr. Gregg said “Our workforce reflects the community we serve” and “We do monitor that and it’s a step in the right direction”.

Councilors also heard from Kirsten Nelson, Director of Education about plans for an education and sports village at the former Woodlands School site in Coventry. She said “The main purpose of this meeting is to address concerns and give feedback”.

Cllr Kevin Maton, cabinet member for education and skills, said “We, as a council, have a responsibility to ensure that there is a school place for every child; it’s a complex situation”.

Members discussed the ‘inadequate’ judgement from Ofsted issued in the 2014 Children’s Services inspection report. The Ofsted report came after the death of a child. John said “I think there is a real challenge” and “We can anticipate the next inspection will be around December 2019 to June 2020”. Gregg reassured the members by saying “We have very little to fear from Ofsted”.


The Best Of Beauty 2018

I narrowed down the best beauty products of 2018, so you don’t have to. Continue reading below to discover the very best beauty launches in 2018 and why each of the products mentioned deserve to be purchased.

Firstly, the infamous Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette; this palette is slightly more expensive than standard Morphe eyeshadow palettes however, I definitely think it is worth the money. This palette is great as a variety of makeup looks can be created with it e.g. a smoky eye, a bright and colourful look or full-on glam. The eyeshadow formula is smooth and easy to blend, the shades are all incredibly pigmented and long-lasting, even without an eye primer. I highly recommend this eyeshadow palette!

Continuing with eyeshadow, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette was also one of my favourite beauty product launches in 2018. The eyeshadow shades are beautiful and incredibly aesthetic; the palette has some good transition shades, (including Raw Sienna, Warm Taupe, Burnt Orange and Warm Ochre) and an assortment of deep pink, burgundy and red shades. The shadows complement each other, they are easy to blend and they are pigmented. The palette also comes with a brush which is fairly good and useful, unlike some brushes that are included in other palettes. With the use of this palette, a variety of looks can be created therefore, I would recommend this palette and also repurchase it.

The next best beauty product of 2018 is the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation; I love this foundation as it is incredibly long-lasting and the finish is perfectly matte, which I love. Additionally, the foundation does not oxidise, it stays in place all day and there is no need for touch-ups throughout the day. The foundation is easy to apply and it blends nicely. The foundation also does not transfer and it dries quickly. It also works well in humid temperatures i.e. it does not ‘melt’ off. 

The Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lipstick is one of the best liquid lipsticks available. The lipsticks are very pigmented and easy to apply; they are also very comfortable once applied on the lips. The formula is smooth and incredibly long-lasting. The liquid lipsticks are not dry, unlike some others. I would definitely recommend this product. 

Lastly, another one of the best beauty products of 2018 is the Glossier Lash Slick Mascara – this mascara is perfect for natural-looking lashes. This product is also affordable and great for daily use; it is also easy to remove. The formula is light and easy to work with. The mascara lengthens and separates and it does not transfer, smudge and/or ‘flake’ off. I would definitely re-purchase and recommend this product!  

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