Children's Social Care Improvement Plan
Dr Catherine Driscoll
Our Director of Children, Families and Communities
Working together we will improve the lives of our children and young people. This plan puts the child at the heart of everything we do. It focuses on ensuring that we have the right conditions in place to allow our staff to do their very best.
Working with our partners we will listen to the voice of the child to improve outcomes for the county’s children.
The latest inspection by Ofsted into children’s social care services in Worcestershire has recognised that progress has been made in many areas of the service.
The report, published on 29 July 2019, acknowledges that outcomes for many children and their families are better and that there is evidence of a “sustained trajectory of improvement”.
Ofsted judged Worcestershire Children’s Services to be inadequate in all areas of practice in 2016. When inspectors returned to Worcestershire in June 2019, they reported that the quality of the service has moved up a category and now requires improvement to be good.
Inspectors reported that social workers know the children they work with well and that children’s views are now informing assessment outcomes and plans.
They found that effective work by senior management and staff, together with commitment and investment by political leaders, has led to improved responses to the needs of children and families.
We filmed Paul Robinson, Chief Executive and Dr Catherine Driscoll, Director of Children’s Services speaking about their reaction to the latest Ofsted inspection.