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Latest Ofsted report into children’s services finds ‘steady progress’

Published on 13 June 2017

CHILDREN’S social services in Leicester are making ‘steady progress’ in their improvement programme, according to the latest findings from Ofsted.

Inspectors carried out their seventh monitoring visit at the end of April, which focused particularly on legal work and the progress made in care planning for children.

They found ‘consistent improvement’ in recent cases, praising the way performance is monitored and quality is assured as ‘increasingly effective’.

The report also found that for the vast majority of children, plans were being progressed more quickly. Decisions to hold planning meetings for children in need of intervention are being made appropriately, and an effective pre-birth tracking tool means assessments to protect unborn babies are being carried out in a timely manner.

Inspectors said a new workforce strategy was also beginning to be effective, but said some children still have too many changes of social worker. They said there is still some work to do to make sure most children receive a good service.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor for children, young people and schools, said: “This report shows that we are now meeting time targets for the vast majority of children we work with, and that we are taking clear steps to ensure that the interventions we have to make into children’s lives are timely, appropriate and relevant. This is particularly important when legal proceedings are required.

“Any improvement journey takes time, as changes need to be sustainable. But we are continuing to move in the right direction, thanks to our unwavering commitment to raising standards.

“We’re encouraged by Ofsted’s findings and will take on board the inspectors’ advice and recommendations to help us improve further.”

The letter outlining the Ofsted inspectors’ findings is published at:

https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/local-authorities/leicester-city

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