Action promised to get children’s services back on track after poor inspection

February 28 2017

A PLEDGE has been made to improve services for children in South Gloucestershire after inspectors rated them as inadequate.

A PLEDGE has been made to improve services for children in South Gloucestershire after inspectors rated them as inadequate.

A team from Ofsted spent four weeks assessing the services provided for youngsters in need of help and protection, children in care and those leaving the care system.

Although adoption performance was rated as good, other key areas were said to be either inadequate or in need of improvement.

A review of the effectiveness of the Local Safeguarding Children Board carried out at the same time also led to a rating of inadequate.

Peter Murphy, director of children, adults and health at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Naturally we are deeply disappointed with the outcome but we are determined to improve services for children and young people. 

“We are already taking steps to bring about rapid improvement, which is acknowledged by Ofsted in the report.”

He said an improvement board was looking at its disability service for those up to the age of 25 to ensure the needs of the most vulnerable children and young people were being met.

The council was also reviewing how it identified children who might be at risk of sexual exploitation and strengthening child protection arrangements.

Mr Murphy said: “We are also reviewing social work practice across the service and reviewing the training needs of support staff, social workers and managers to ensure they are fully equipped with the right skills to help children to the best of their ability.”

Jon Hunt, chairman of the children, adults and health committee, said: “I am very clear that our aspiration is to see services for children and young people move to a good rating at the earliest opportunity.

“To bring about the necessary improvements, the council must act swiftly and decisively but I have every confidence that we have the right people in place to drive the changes forward.”