The latest monitoring visit to Worcestershire children’s services, by Ofsted Inspectors, has found that the Council continues to make progress in improving services for children and young people.
Almost two years on from an Ofsted report that found that Children's Services in Worcestershire were inadequate, inspectors have now found evidence of improvement in each of their last five monitoring visits.
Earlier this month inspectors reviewed arrangements for Worcestershire's children in care up to the age of sixteen years old.
In a letter published today by Ofsted, inspectors describe how the quality of support offered to children in care has improved. Inspectors went onto describe how social work practice has got better and that legal processes and care proceedings are being used effectively.
Inspectors recognised that the Council is taking steps to improve its edge of care service which is currently under-developed.
Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families, said: "I am really pleased that Ofsted continues to report the improvements that we are making. Our staff are working very hard and I am pleased that has been recognised. We are developing a new edge of care service which will support our children and families to stay together. By investing more into preventing our children from coming into the care system, we can keep families together where it is safe to do so and improve the lives of our children and young people."
The report goes onto say that "children in Worcestershire are safe and are placed appropriately". Children’s care plans are reviewed and updated regularly leading to positive change for many children.
Inspectors report that the Council has worked hard and successfully to recruit and retain more social workers which is improving continuity for children.
Under direction from the Department for Education a wholly owned council company, Worcestershire Children First, is currently being developed to deliver Children's Social Care Services. The company is due to be launched in October of next year.