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Brighton and Hove Children’s Services rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted

Ofsted has awarded Brighton and Hove with an outstanding rating after a recent inspection of their Children’s Services.

The report states that most children and families in the area receive excellent support and intervention that help to improve their experiences and progress.

The review also notes that senior leaders had made significant improvements across all areas of practice since the last inspection in 2018 with no aspects of practice having deteriorated.

Lead Inspection Maire Atherton wrote senior leaders “have a sound understanding of performance and practice and are clear about the strengths and areas for improvement, including the ongoing need to develop placement sufficiency, resulting in substantial and continuous improvements.”

She also noted the “highly effective and embedded partnership work”  modelled by the safeguarding partnership board.

“This impressive approach is found in the family hubs and at the ‘front door for families’ and continues to be woven through work with all children and care leavers, exemplified by the relationship-based model of practice and the multiagency ‘partners in change’ (PIC) team. The retention of permanent staff is high, enabling consistency of support for children and their families”. She said

Read the full inspection report here.

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Published on 24th May 2024