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Urgent question: Children's social services

Children's welfare is paramount and that must be the primary consideration for all of us, the deputy minister for children told AMs on 20 November 2012.

Gwenda Thomas AM made the statement in response to an urgent question by Liberal Democrat AM Peter Black on children's social services in Neath Port Talbot.

A report by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) highlights a lack of progress in addressing previously identified problems.

Problem areas include a failure to protect vulnerable people from potential harm.

The council acknowledges the need to respond with "significant and rapid improvements".

Ms Thomas assured members that "Neath Port Talbot is improving like it should" and that she had received a newsletter which "shows the commitment of the new head of services".

She stressed that "the issue here is an issue for Neath Port Talbot and they must deliver on their responsibility".

The minister will however be receiving quarterly reports from the CSSIW and she warned that she "will not hesitate to take further action if needed".

The report into the council's children's social services was the third of its type in two years following concerns first identified in 2010. Read this in Welsh.

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