The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black, has called on the Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas to closely monitor children's services in Neath Port Talbot following the publication of a highly critical inspection report.
Although the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales said that there had been improvements in the Council's children and young people's service, they identified a number of factors which they said 'impact on the authority's ability to provide a safe, high quality responsive service.'
These factors include the loss of experienced practitioners, a continuing high turnover of staff, the reliance on agency staff, high case loads for social workers, an increase in the volume and complexity of referrals, and inconsistent case recording.
The inspectorate concluded: 'Taken together these factors pose a significant risk in respect of ensuring the welfare and safety of children in the authority.'
Mr Black said: "I am very concerned about this report and the picture it paints of the way that Neath Port Talbot Children's Services operates. I have dealt with a constituent recently, whose experience of working with Neath Port Talbot's Childrens' Services raised many questions about how that section operates, its processes and the way that they manage risk.
In fact I was so concerned that I met with the Deputy Minister to ask her to intervene. I know too that there have been a number of serious case reviews that also ask serious questions of the department.
"I will now be seeking assurances that there will be much closer monitoring of the weaknesses identified by this report and that a further inspection is held within the next 12 months so as to confirm improvements are continuing to be made.
The Welsh Government must not rule out a direct intervention if things do not improve."
This really does open a "Can of Worms" for the reluctant and cowardly Councillor's Keith Davies and Frank Little the two Liberal Democrat representatives on Neath Port Talbot Council.
It also brings the whole of the Welsh Assembly into the spotlight all of whom know about this dreadful cover up and the abuse that Neath Port Talbot Council Social Services have inflicted on Linda,her daughter and her family.
In the letter Mr Black constantly states that he is unable to take the matter any further due to the terms of the injunction.
Well Mr Black I have some good news for you under"Public Interest Law" and other laws I have at the risk of a "penal sentence" to myself broken this " false, fabricated and illegal " injunction so you have nothing to worry about when raising this matter in the near future.
As you and your fellow Assembly Members know "No injunction can ever be taken out to cover up for criminal acts."
You are all aware of this.
You all received the press release regarding the perjury that the former Welsh Inspector of Social Services Mr David Johnston committed by entering " false and fraudulent " evidence into an illegal court.
There is even more damning evidence regarding the illegal actions of Mr David Johnston that will soon be published by a member of the team in the near future.
We look forward to meeting you along with members of the Lewis family in the New Year so that this injustice can finally be exposed for the despicable,heartless crime that it really is.
The Justice 4 Linda Lewis Team.