Welsh Government seeks legal advice over next step in safeguarding row
8:50pm Sunday 8th July 2012 in News
The Welsh Government is seeking legal advice following Pembrokeshire County Council’s latest response to child safety criticisms.
Following council leader Jamie Adams' response to Welsh Government ministers' childsafeguarding concerns, Deputy Minister for Children Gwenda Thomas answered questions from Assembly Members in the Senedd.
Labour Mid and West Wales AM Joyce Watson said: “People in Pembrokeshire are anxious to receive an update following Jamie Adams’ response to the Government last Thursday.
“Constituents rightly expect local leaders to be held to account if they are found to be failing in the protection of children.”
Mrs Thomas confirmed that the Welsh Government had received Cllr Adams’ response and said she was taking “further legal advice” on the matter and that the Government was “considering options for action".
“We have taken advice from our inspectorates and we have taken advice from and met with our board. Subsequently, the Minister for Education and Skills and I met as Ministers and we have asked for further legal advice. We are considering options for action and we will make a statement when we are ready," she added.
Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies asked Mrs Thomas if she could outline what steps will be taken by the Government in the near future but was told that was not possible until legal advice was sought.
Regional AMs Rebecca Evans and Simon Thomas also questioned Mrs Thomas on the situation.
Mr Thomas asked if ministers were not content with the response received from Cllr Adams and if this was the basis for seeking further advice?
“There are continuing concerns and we have sought legal advice.
“Once we have that legal advice, we will decide how best to act," answered Mrs Thomas.