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Children's services rated 'good' by Ofsted

News release: 31/5/18 - Hillingdon Council's children's services has been rated 'good' by Ofsted, with particular praise given to the council's leaders for their investment in and impact on social work with children and families.

As well as grading leadership in the service as 'outstanding' and the overall effectiveness of the services as 'good', Ofsted inspectors, who visited the council between 16 and 27 April, said the experiences and progress of children who need help and protection, children in care and care leavers was 'good'.

The inspectors also noted a significant progress since the previous Ofsted inspection in 2013, when the overall services were judged to need improvement.

Reporting their findings, Ofsted inspectors commended the council for its "child-centred approach," saying that "the shared determination to improve outcomes for children is demonstrated by an impressive pace of change."

The report goes on to say: "This has resulted in services of consistently good quality, provided by skilled and highly motivated staff, supported by purposeful corporate investment and commitment."

Leaders were also applauded for having "an excellent understanding of children at risk of exploitation, included those missing from home, school and care."

Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, said: "In recent years we have redoubled our efforts to put all children who need social care support at the very heart of every decision we make. I'm delighted that Ofsted has recognised this work, and that ultimately children in Hillingdon are receiving the level of help and support they need and deserve.

"I am also pleased that our multi-agency working was singled out for praise, as we see it as vital to giving high quality, well-rounded services, not just in children's services but right across social care and beyond."

Ofsted identified some areas where the council can still improve: the quality of strategy discussions; the timeliness and quality of 'return home' interviews for children who are reported missing; the understanding of children in care and care leavers regarding their rights and entitlements; and the timeliness and effectiveness of permanent placements.

Cllr Simmonds added: "While we are delighted with our progress, we aren't complacent and have already taken on board Ofsted's recommendations, bolstering our work in the areas they've identified. Children remain our priority and we will continue to strive for excellence."

To read the full Ofsted report, please visit Ofsted Children's Services report April 2018

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