William Eichler 06 April 2016

Council’s children's services ‘inadequate’, Ofsted warn

Council’s childrens services ‘inadequate’, Ofsted warn image

A council’s children’s services are suffering from ‘serious and widespread failures’, says Ofsted report.

An inspection of Dudley council’s children’s social care services acknowledges a new senior leadership has made efforts to improve the ‘inadequate’ services and also recognises these changes will take time to produce results.

It does, however, argue the local authority has been aware of the deficits for some time but ‘has not taken sufficiently swift or robust remedial action’ to ensure children and young people are adequately protected.

Furthermore, the report states that since the last inspection in 2012 ‘the majority of areas that were found to require improvement at that inspection have not been progressed.’

Dudley’s new senior leadership flagged up many of the ongoing problems with their children’s services in 2015.

They brought in a new management team, commissioned an external review, and established an Improvement Board to look into making the services fit for purpose.

Ofsted reports, however, that ‘the local authority is working from an extremely low base’ and so improvements will take time to result in real change.

Sarah Norman, chief executive of Dudley Council, said: ‘We fully accept Ofsted’s findings and the inspection has confirmed our own self-assessment of the services and we will continue at pace to rectify the issues.

‘We have acted quickly over the last 12 months to drive forward these changes and we are pleased the report confirms ‘strong leadership’ is now in place.

‘The report makes it clear that we were starting from a low base and that it will take time to for the improvements to be embedded into the service.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Home Ownership Officer

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£29,000 - £39,200 per annum
Are you motivated by delivering excellent customer service, a varied workload and an opportunity to grow? Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Assistant Head of TriBorough Insurance

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£43,300 - £58,500 per annum
An opportunity to lead the Tri-Borough Insurance Service technical team reporting to the Head of Service. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Educational Psychologist

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£41,200 - £55,800 per annum
Looking for a fully qualified educational psychologist registered with Social Work England, or eligible for such registration. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Social Worker x2 (Blackheath and Rowley Community Social Work Team)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£29,636 - £33,799 per annum
We are looking to recruit 2 full time (37 hours) permanent Social Workers in the Blackheath and Rowley Community Social Work Team.  Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Childcare Solicitors (career graded)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£40,760 per annum progressing to Band I up to £49,538 per annum
You must have the ability to deal with a complex and demanding caseload, with excellent client care skills, and... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue