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City’s Social Care Services For Children Rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

City’s Social Care Services For Children Rated ‘good’ by Ofsted
Hannah Midgley

Brighton & Hove City Council’s social care services for children have been judged ‘good’ by Ofsted for the first time.

Yesterday (21 August), it was released that during a three-week inspection in July, Ofsted found that the impact leaders’ had on social work practice with children and families was good, and the key points in the report were:

Accurate self-assessment, strong performance management & quality assurance, a joined up service, high aspirations, tenacious staff, strong corporate + political support and high morale amongst our social workers.

Specifically Ofsted inspectors found that children who were in need of early help, and children who were in need of protection, received prompt and appropriate help, and the team provides a joined-up response to the needs of vulnerable children and families.

Inspectors commented that the social workers’ morale was high, and that they demonstrated real job satisfaction, as it was evident they enjoyed working there.

Inspectors added that social workers were tenacious in seeking to build meaningful relationships with children, which on Twitter, Susan Kelly was particularly pleased about, and can be seen below in her reply to Tom Stibbs Tweet.

The aforementioned Tom Stibbs, on Twitter, also expressed his delight at this news and praised the ‘Excellent hard working and good practice’ of Brighton & Hove’s social workers:

The chair of the council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Dan Chapman, said:

“We’ve made a number of improvements to our children’s social care services in recent years, and I’m delighted that Ofsted has acknowledged this.

“Above all, I’m thrilled that the commitment and tenacity of our social work teams has been so clearly recognised.”

The report also stated that social workers and their managers were aspirational for the children in their care and demonstrated a strong focus on improving their experiences and outcomes.

It said that young people had good access to a range of housing and living options, and the council’s families, children and learning team had worked effectively to improve services with strong cross-party political support.

The report’s findings and ranking of ‘good’, demonstrate an improvement since the last inspection in 2015, which ranked the overall effectiveness of children’s services in the city as requiring improvement.

Previously, Ofsted had praised the council’s special educational needs and disability services, and given ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ ratings for short break and nursery provision.

Additionally, the city also has a much higher than average percentage of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ school Ofsted reports.

The council’s executive director of families, children and learning, Pinaki Ghoshal, on the news that the city’s social care services for children were rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, said:

“Our social care culture focuses on developing strong relationships with children and their families, listening, learning and guarding against complacency.

“We have put in place robust performance management and quality assurance arrangements.

“We’re also engaging better with parents, children and young people and taking their feedback into account when we change things.

“We have a great team in place here. All our staff are committed to giving the children and young people they work with the very best start in their lives.”

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