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The Current Inspection Regime and the PM Announcements

Commenting on the current inspection regime and the Prime Ministerial announcements made this week Alison O’Sullivan, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“It is only right that children’s services are held to account for the work that they do to protect children, young people and their families. But this should be done in a way that is helpful and conducive to improvement. Instead the four level grading system is unhelpful in that it does not capture the complexities of the systems in which we operate. Instead a poor Ofsted grading can lead to local authorities finding it difficult to attract high quality, skilled social workers who are able to make a real difference to the lives of many children and families in need.

“Whilst it is very worrying that there are 19 local authorities deemed to be inadequate this does highlight how hard it is to achieve high standards in such complex times as funding decreases but need does not. We are pleased that the series of prime ministerial announcements made this week recognises that high performing local authorities are the best source on which to strengthen the sector from within.

“By safely unlocking the skills and potential of practice in the strongest authorities, with the addition of the appropriate financial resources, we will be in a better position to improve services for those who rely on us the most.”

ENDS

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) Ltd is the professional leadership association for Directors of Children’s Services and their senior management teams in England.


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