Redbridge Council’s children’s services Ofsted rating revealed
PUBLISHED: 12:59 25 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:59 25 November 2016
A recent Ofsted inspection has commended the borough’s children’s services, making it one of just nine boroughs to have been rated “good” since new criteria were introduced three years ago.
Inspectors visited the borough for four weeks from September 12, and judged that overall services continue to be well managed and resourced, with children and their families well supported.
However, the report, which also praised the council’s leadership, claimed the experience and progress of care leavers was “not yet consistently good” and so graded them as requiring improvement.
The front door services, which include all first contact from children and families with the council, were described as being “exceptionally strong and demonstrating a clear understanding and response to risk”.
Cllr Elaine Norman, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “I am thrilled with this result, it’s a great achievement to be rated so highly especially when compared to the outcomes of inspections in other London boroughs.
“This result justifies the approaches we have taken to children’s services since our last inspection, and I was particularly pleased to see Ofsted describe our ‘front door’ arrangements, where decisions have to be taken quickly about how to proceed with concerns, as outstanding.
“Ofsted found that safeguarding arrangements were good overall, a rating that is a testimony to the great work that social workers and other staff do every day to support vulnerable children and families.
“I would like to thank all staff involved in the tough and demanding work of safeguarding for children for their dedication and hard work.”
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