OFSTED has provided high praise to North Tyneside for the quality and effectiveness of its Children’s Services.
In his report, lead Inspector Nigel Parkes pointed specifically to senior leaders’ relentless commitment to continuous improvement and their ‘outward looking and open to challenge’ attitude which is supporting ‘thriving’ social work.
Parkes says the council is ‘daring and imaginative in pushing the boundaries in order to improve the experiences and progress of children in need of help and protection, children in care and care leavers.’
The council received a rating of outstanding in all areas except for the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers which was rated as ‘good’.
The Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and learning, Peter Earley said ‘Social care can be complex and difficult work, with daily challenges to safeguard children in difficult circumstances, but the council is absolutely committed to protecting children. The outcome gives our residents, and especially the families and young people we work with, the confidence that we are providing high-quality services.’
Read the full report here.