09 May 2016

The UK’s Chief Social Worker for Children and Families has congratulated Northamptonshire County Council after last week’s Ofsted inspection, which found there have been ‘improvements across all areas’.

Isabelle Trowler, the Government’s first Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, praised the significant progress made by the county council to improve children’s services in the county, which were recognised by Ofsted in its report published last week.

Ms Trowler said in a Twitter post: “Great news for Northamptonshire County Council. I have been very impressed with the political and senior dedication to supporting social work practice.”

New rating

The county council’s child protection, adoption and looked-after children services were rated as inadequate following an Ofsted inspection in 2013 and issued with a direction notice from the Department for Education.

But following a five-week Ofsted inspection in February, children’s services have now been rated ‘requires improvement to be good’, recognising the progress made across the department.

Academy visit

Last year Ms Trowler, who was appointed to champion the UK’s social work profession, visited Northamptonshire’s new social work academy, which was described as ‘excellent’ in Ofsted’s latest report.

After her visit, she said: “The social work academy is truly innovative in its approach and has the potential to radically change how newly-qualified social workers are supported.

“They are a great team with a strong focus on getting it right for children and families."