08 December 2014

Northamptonshire County Council has received positive feedback following an Ofsted inspection into child protection services which took place last week (December 1 to 5).

The children’s services improvement programme is working to raise overall performance and improved outcomes for children and young people.

The council will receive official feedback from Ofsted early next year.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Last week was a challenging week for everyone involved in the improvement programme. Following a meeting with the inspection team, we are confident that when Ofsted writes to us in the New Year, they will be satisfied that we are making sustained progress to improve overall performance.”

The background

The council was issued with a Statutory Direction by the Department for Education in October 2013, which required an Improvement Board to be established with an independent chair to assess and challenge the improvement programme and report back to government.

Last week’s Ofsted inspection was held to make sure the council is making sufficient progress to achieve the aims of the improvement programme.

Last month children’s minister Edward Timpson wrote to the Improvement Board to say he was pleased with the good work being done so far to improve child protection services.

The improvement programme has included the creation of an action plan to strengthen safeguarding in schools, a strengthened senior management team to drive further improvement, a stable and able workforce and appropriate caseloads for social workers.