The London Borough of Barnet has been praised by Ofsted for improvements in its children’s services which have moved from inadequate to good in just two years.
After services were found to be inadequate in 2017, Lead Inspector, Andy Whippey, noted that leaders and managers had made ‘purposeful progress, at pace, to establish a child-focused service that is delivering good outcomes pointing to strong partnerships which have led to an effective and well-integrated early help service’.
In his report, My Whippey commented ‘Children who need help and protection now receive help and support that is timely and of good quality. Assessments and plans show careful consideration of the views of children and their families’.
‘Children in care receive a good service from workers who know them well. Carers provide stable homes and are supportive and ambitious for the children in their care. Care leavers are mostly well supported and have access to a good range of suitable accommodation. Staff are tenacious and determined in working with young people to improve outcomes, which they do with care and sensitivity’.
Read the full Ofsted report here