Mark Whitehead 02 September 2016

Sunderland children’s services makes 'significant progress'

Sunderland children’s services makes significant progress  image

Children's services in Sunderland have made 'significant progress' since being judged inadequate last year, Ofsted inspectors have said.

Their visit in August focused on the progress in improving services for care leavers which was one of the areas criticised.

The inspectors spoke to care leavers and staff including social workers, managers and housing providers.

They examined electronic case records, supervision records, observation of social work practice, performance data and young people's case file audit findings.

Ofsted inspector Fiona Millns, who led the visit, said: 'The local authority is making significant progress to improve services for care leavers.'

Leader of Sunderland City Council Paul Watson said: 'We know that we’ve still got a long way to go and a lot of work to do before services are where they need to be.

'We won’t be happy until services across the board are in a much better place but it’s heartening to know we are beginning to make inroads in improving the lives of children and young people.'

Nick Whitfield, Sunderland's commissioner for children's services, added: 'I'm pleased to see such a solid start on the improvement journey. I believe it gives us a huge amount to build on.'

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Chief Executive

South Kesteven District Council
Up to £127k
South Kesteven is a district with plenty going for it. Grantham, Lincolnshire
Recuriter: South Kesteven District Council

ASC Occupational Therapist - Early Intervention Team

Essex County Council
£30300 - £41425 per annum
We are looking to recruit 2 Occupational Therapists to work within Clacton or Colchester. Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dy England, Essex, Clacton-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Youth Support Worker DofE

Essex County Council
£995 - £1049 per annum
Our Youth Support Workers work with young people completing their Duke of Edinburgh's Award, supporting them to complete all sections, including their expeditions. England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Duke of Edinburgh Team Leader

Essex County Council
£19260 - £21682 per annum
We are currently seeking a Youth Work Team Leader to supervise the development of the Duke of Edinburgh program and delivery of youth work projects, as well as work directly with young people in informal settings and maintain professional and purposeful r England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Programme Management Office

Manchester City Council
£60,857 to £65,865
As the Head of PMO, you will define and maintain standards for project management within the Highways Service. Manchester, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Manchester City Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine