A far reaching programme of improvements will be launched by Northamptonshire County Council following critical feedback from Ofsted regarding children’s services in the county.
Cabinet member for Children, Families and Education Cllr Victoria Perry, has committed to working alongside the council’s new leadership team to rise to the challenges outlined in Ofsted’s focused inspection.
Cllr Perry said:
“We know that our children’s services are not working well and we will put this right. It is clear from the findings from Ofsted that these failures in the system have taken place over the last two years and we are now completely focused on recovering from these failures.
“We are pleased the inspectors recognise the new senior leadership team in place at the council has begun to tackle the weaknesses in the service which have arisen since 2016. The issues had started to be identified prior to Ofsted’s focused inspection.
“While we will need to focus on improvements in safeguarding it is also equally critical we do far better in early help and prevention.”
The findings of Ofsted follow something called a ‘focused inspection’ which took place between 17 October and 18 October. These are smaller scale than full inspections and focus on a particular part of the service.
This year the focused inspection looked specifically at the arrangements for managing contacts and referrals into the multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH).