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Response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA): Lambeth Council’s Action Plan

Meeting: 13/12/2021 - Cabinet (Item 3)

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Minutes:

The report was introduced by Councillor Claire Holland, Leader of the Council, who highlighted that:

 

  • The Council offered its sincere apologies to the victims n and survivors who were in the former care of Lambeth Council
  • The Redress Scheme had been set up by the Council to provide compensation to victims and survivors
  • It had taken bravery for victims and survivors to come forward in highlighting their experiences and addressing the council’s historic failures
  • The Action Plan addressed each concern raised by IICSA in its investigation report
  • The present Council was different to that of the past, and has been open and transparent in its work surrounding IICSA
  • The whole administration was committed to the Action Plan and delivering it in full.

 

Councillor Holland also highlighted that an addendum had been published setting out the views and recommendations of the Children’s Services Scrutiny Sub-Committee held on 7 December.

 

Cabinet was then addressed by Andrew Travers, Chief Executive, who highlighted that:

 

  • He echoed the Leader’s apologies to all victims and survivors for their experiences, and that they were not believed or listened to in the past
  • The scale of neglect and abuse was shocking
  • The inquiry report included work on providing a safe and caring environment for children in care of the Council
  • Training would be mandated for elected Councillors, as well as checks on recruitment for foster carers and staff
  • The regulatory regime and todays Council were different to that set out in the report
  • The Council would ensure a strong accountability framework and robust procedures for safeguarding children
  • The Action Plan set out work across 8 key areas, and that his responsibility to work with Members, Council staff and the Senior Management Team would ensure that this time would be different
  • As Chief Executive, he would personally Chair the IICSA Board to ensure robust assessment processes, work closely with OFSTED and listen to and act upon the voices of children, both in the care of the Council and generally.

 

Councillor Ed Davie, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People then addressed Cabinet, highlighting that:

 

  • 18 months ago, he gave evidence to IICSA which considered the abuse that took place in Lambeth’s children’s homes from the 1960’s to the early 1990’s
  • In preparation for this, the Cabinet Member read many statements from victims and survivors
  • He had done his best as statutory Lead Member for Children’s Services to brief colleagues so that the support given was safe and helped to achieve the best possible outcome in a way that was absent in the past
  • The Council recognised that further work must be undertaken
  • The IICSA Action Plan was devised after careful consideration of inquiry findings, and was for the whole Council including Members to respond - not just Children’s Services
  • The Council had ensured that children in care were at the heart of decision making, and had listened to the Children in Care Council’s feedback regarding what they would like to keep them safe.

 

Councillor Joshua Lindsey, Chair of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3