Ofsted has awarded Lincolnshire County Council an Outstanding rating for their Children’s Services department.
Inspectors rated the department as Outstanding in all areas except the Experiences and progress of children who need help and protection which was graded as ‘Good’.
Lead Inspector, Rachel Griffiths, commented ‘Services for children and families in Lincolnshire are outstanding, demonstrating the progress that leaders have made since the previous inspection in 2014, when the service was judged good overall. An insightful, highly motivated and extremely child-centred senior leadership team has been relentless in its quest to improve the life experiences of and chances for children in the county’.
She noted the successful implementation of a new quality assurance framework and the model of practice which she say is ‘thoroughly embedded in children’s services, understood, valued and used by a very stable, highly skilled workforce and by partners. This, as well as investment in high-quality early help, and the development of several innovative projects, is making a tangible and positive difference to the lives of children and families in Lincolnshire.’
Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children's services said "We are officially rated one of the best children's services in the country, which is a tremendous accolade and just reward for the commitment of staff, partners and all those children and families who work with us to make our support so effective".
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