Dan Peters 24 May 2019

'Slow progress' two years after inadequate judgement

Slow progress two years after inadequate judgement image

Gloucestershire CC is making ‘slow progress’ in improving its services for its children and young people two years after it was judged inadequate, Ofsted has found.

In a letter, inspector Nicola Bennett wrote: ‘Overall, key areas that make a difference to children’s lives, such as being seen quickly, being kept safe and developing trusting relationships with social workers, are not yet good enough.

‘Despite a number of practice improvements in the multi-agency safeguarding hub and, although performance is improving, delays in decision-making remain for too many children where there are immediate safeguarding concerns.

‘A significant concern remains that only just over half of children referred to children’s services remain a timely visit to assess their circumstances and ascertain their welfare.

'Performance over time is not improving.

‘The views of children and young people are not routinely represented at child protection meetings and, where young people are not consistently engaged, the effectiveness of interventions is reduced.

‘Management oversight is not yet sufficiently rigorous or challenging to ensure that children’s circumstances are improving within reasonable timescales.’

Gloucestershire’s cabinet member for children and young people, Richard Boyles, said: ‘The team continue to work hard to make the changes needed to improve the lives of our most vulnerable children and young people in the county.

‘The senior leadership team has a vision and a plan to get there.

'We need to keep up the recruitment drive for permanent social workers and work closely with teams to make sure good practice is common across all areas.’

Highways jobs

Office Manager - Hamstead Junior School

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£24,313 - £28,785
This is an opportunity for an experienced Office Manager with excellent communication skills to join our small friendly office team. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Network/ICT Manager - Uplands Manor Primary School

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
SCP 18-25 £24.313 - £28.785 (p.a. pro rata)
The successful candidate will manage and develop ICT provision across the school. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Social Work Practice Consultant

Brent Council
£45,585 - £48,492 p.a. inc.
We look forward to receiving your application.  Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Recepcionist/Administrator

North Yorkshire County Council
£9.36-£9.74 per hour
The role will involve you providing a general administrative service in this busy primary school. North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Business Support Administrator - Harrogate

North Yorkshire County Council
£19,171 to £19,945
An exciting opportunity has arisen for the appointment of a Business Support Administrator (Level 3) to... Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The March issue of Local Government News explores alternative funding channels that are available to councils beyond the Public Works Loan Board, what hurdles merging councils face in coming together, and how local government is handling GDPR.

This issue also has a special highways and street lighting section exploring how councils can use lighting to embark on their smart city journey and using IoT technology to weather the storm.

Register for your free magazine