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Council Praised by The Government and Ofsted For The City’s Children’s Services

Council Praised by The Government and Ofsted For The City’s Children’s Services
Hannah Midgley

Both Ofsted and the government have sent Brighton & Hove City Council congratulations for the improvements the council has made to its children’s social care services.

This news comes after last week (Tuesday 21 August) it was revealed that during a three-week inspection in July, Brighton & Hove City Council’s social care services for children were judged ‘good’ by Ofsted for the first time.

Last months inspection saw the city’s social care service for children be praised for its accurate self-assessment, strong performance management & quality assurance, being a joined up service, having high aspirations, supported by tenacious staff, having strong corporate + political support and having high morale amongst it’s 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 that the team provides a joined-up response to the needs of vulnerable children and families.

Inspectors also commented that social workers’ morale was high, they were tenacious in seeking to build meaningful relationships with children, and they demonstrated real job satisfaction.

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.

On this, Ofsted’s national director of social care, Yvette Stanley, describes the council’s recent ‘good’ judgement as a ‘significant achievement’.

Praising the city’s council, in a letter to the council’s executive director of children’s services, Pinaki Ghoshal, Stanley said:

“I am sure that the good inspection outcome reflects the hard work and tenacity, of yourself, your leadership team, managers and frontline staff, as well as the wider council and your safeguarding partners.

“You should all be proud of the positive difference you have made for the children and families of Brighton and Hove.

“Please pass on my congratulations to all the Brighton and Hove colleagues who have contributed to this achievement as well as extending my personal thanks to all the staff, children, foster carers and wider stakeholders who participated in the inspection process.

“Please also accept my very best wishes for the next phases of your continuous improvement journey.”

In a separate letter to council leader Dan Yates, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi MP, described the ‘good’ Ofsted judgement as a ‘very positive outcome’.

He said: “The report also demonstrates the impressively high aspirations the council has for children in care and care leavers, who are entering further and higher education at rates above those of national comparators.”

Featured Image via Brighton & Hove City Council official Twitter account: @BrightonHoveCC

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