Labour attack threat to child safety in council budget cuts

Labour has attacked as 'reckless' the decision taken by Conservative and Independent councillors in Southend to get rid of Southend Borough Council’s domestic violence coordinator without ensuring that it won’t have a negative impact on child protection in the borough.

Labour has attacked as 'reckless' the decision taken by Conservative and Independent councillors in Southend to get rid of Southend Borough Council’s domestic violence coordinator without ensuring that it won’t have a negative impact on child protection in the borough.

 

The new budget, drawn up by Conservative and Independent councillors, removes the Domestic Abuse Partnership Manager post, even though the Council’s own Local Safeguarding Children Board has expressed concerns that doing so could affect the Domestic Abuse Strategy in Southend. At a time when services to tackle domestic abuse are increasingly needed, the LSCB sought reassurance that plans were in place to mitigate “the potential impact that the deletion of this post would have on services to safeguard children experiencing domestic abuse”.

 

Ian Gilbert, Labour councillor for Victoria Ward, said, “Conservative and Independent councillors have acted with extreme recklessness by cutting the position of domestic violence coordinator before the Local Safeguarding Children Board are satisfied that doing so will not have a negative impact on our duty to safeguard the vulnerable."

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