OFSTED have awarded Warrington Children’s Services a ‘Good’ grading with praise for its ‘its energetic and ambitious senior leadership team’.
The report singles out particular praise for the Director of Children’s Services as being instrumental in promoting strong strategic partnerships and the Operational Director for Children’s Social Care (who also holds the role of deputy director of children’s services) who it says is ‘highly focused on ensuring that frontline staff and managers understand what makes good practice, and is determined in her role as practice leader to see this exemplified in all interventions with children and families’.
The report describes a ‘bedrock of good practice’ that has been established which encompasses assessments and plans and involving 'increasingly imaginative and intensive direct work that benefits many children and families'.
Looking forward, areas noted for improvement include:
◼ The effectiveness of the multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) screening of repeat contacts for children living in circumstances in which they are neglected.
◼ Decisive and early protective measures for children on child protection plans who experience neglectful parenting for extended periods.
◼ The pace of reviews and decisions for children who live at home and who are subject to care orders.
Read OFSTED’s report here