Child protection services in the Isle of Wight have been deemed “inadequate” by Ofsted. Inspectors found that children had been left at risk of significant harm due to failings in the service.

Dawn Cousins and Ian Anderson (the  local lead members for children’s services and education) said the council has addressed many of the issues identified by the inspection, which took place between 26 November and 5 December last year. They said: “The main areas of concern about social care practice were limited to the performance of a small number of staff in a specific area of the service and we have acted promptly to take action in relation to those employees.”