The Deputy Minister said:
“The inspection of children’s social services in Neath Port Talbot Council has identified that the authority remains committed to improving its children’s social services and that it is continuing to invest in these services.
“The council has embarked on a major change programme to improve inter-agency working and child care practice. The findings from this inspection show that some progress has been made, but it also identifies areas where the council needs to quickly improve the service it is providing in order to promote the welfare and safety of children.
“The Chief Inspector of CSSIW has advised me of the arrangements that the Inspectorate has put in place to regularly monitor progress in the authority. I have asked the Chief Inspector to keep me informed of the progress in the authority in improving its children’s services.
“A further inspection of the council’s children’s services will take place in the summer of 2012.”