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Bexley Council commended for the effectiveness of its Mental Health provision for children and young people.

A joint targeted area inspection of the multi-agency response to Children’s mental health has highlighted excellent and effective practice in Bexley.

The inspection, carried out jointly by OFSTED, the Care Quality Commission, Fire & Rescue services and HMI Probation praises the ‘highly effective safeguarding partnership in the area' which is supported through a ‘strong, mature partnership which works well to help and protect children’.

The report finds that the agencies jointly ‘demonstrate care and compassion and a vigorous approach to striving to deliver excellent service’ with partners ‘working well and innovatively together in order to provide different avenues of support for children’.

Councillor John Fuller, Bexley’s cabinet member for education, said:

“Mental health is a complex and difficult issue but inspectors recognised that all the partners are working hard to identify and support those children in need.”

Read the report here.