A council criticised for not stepping in before a father murdered his partner in front of their toddler has been deemed “inadequate” by Ofsted a second time.
Twelve months ago child protection services at Kingston upon Thames were criticised by Ofsted.
The latest report said too many children were experiencing delays in protection.
The council said it was determined to improve and had made progress.
During an unannounced visit, six Ofsted inspectors found the authority was “not meeting minimum requirements”.
Although some inroads had been made to improve, it found that it had taken too long to see children at risk, there was too much use of agency staff, there were tensions in relationships with the police, and a lack of detailed case recording and rigorous scrutiny.