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Comment: Ofsted’s latest statistics on children’s...

Commenting on Ofsted’s latest statistical release on children’s social care Steve Crocker, Chair of the ADCS Standards, Performance and Inspection policy committee said:

“These latest statistics from Ofsted paint a largely positive picture, one of sustained improvements in the quality and overall effectiveness of children’s services departments up and down the country. This is good news for children, and it would not be possible without the sterling efforts of staff working in children’s services. To them I say thank you.

“The statistics show that in the judgement of ‘children in need of help and protection’, 11 local authorities are now judged to be outstanding, up by 4 local authorities since 31 March 2019. Although the overall percentage of local authorities judged outstanding in this category might be lower than we would hope, there has been progress since last year. However, we cannot be complacent. Child protection is complex, made even more challenging by growing levels of need and significantly underfunded children’s services. ADCS is clear, we need proper, sustainable and equitable investment in children and the full range of services they rely on. This is even more important in a world with Covid-19.

“It is right that we are held accountable for the important work we do with children and families, and all local authorities whatever their inspection rating remain committed to improving the lived experiences and outcomes of children and their families.”


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