Green light for new children’s services system

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A system which has sparked concern among council insiders was given the green light this week.

Bedford Borough Council chiefs have announced that they are to commission Hong Kong firm Azeus to produce a system to manage the care of vulnerable children.

Concerns had been raised as the firm has not made a system of this kind before, and some claimed that the deal was more about financial benefit to the council than children’s welfare.

But Councillor Sue Oliver, portfolio holder for children’s services at Borough Hall claimed that this is not the case.

She said: “The council took this decision in the best interests of the children we care for; that was our overriding concern.

“Azeus is delivering a case management system that will be better suited to improving the services we provide to children and young people in Bedford Borough. I am particularly pleased that the overwhelming reaction from our staff has been positive to what is a brand new, modern and flexible system.”

The council were tasked with finding a better computer system after an Ofsted report branded it not fit for purpose.

And Ofsted claimed this week that the new package should meet the required standards.

A spokesman said: “We have seen the Azeus electronic social care case management system, being developed in Bedford Borough, as part of our recent inspection and we feel it is fit for purpose, will support the vision and commitment to improving outcomes, and are encouraged by the opportunities it will bring for children and young people to contribute to their records.”