After awarding a ‘good’ rating in 2017 Ofsted inspectors gave an outstanding rating in three of the four categories reviewed, making Derby one of only three ‘outstanding’ cities in the country.
The report highlights the progress made over the last five years, where the service’s practitioners have embraced a new model of working, which is commended as ‘a significant achievement’ during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns in 2020.
Ofsted also noted the impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families, and the experiences and progress of children who need help and protection. It was rated Good for the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers.
Andy Smith, Derby City Council’s Strategic Director of People Services, said:
“Our staff are dedicated to seeking the best outcomes for Derby’s children and work incredibly hard in what is a challenging, but ultimately rewarding job. To be rated Outstanding is a real achievement and a testament to their passion and hard work. We’ve come a long way in five years but we know there is still work to be done to be even better, and we have plans in place for this.”