Huge improvements cited by national watchdog

PUBLISHED: 20:00 09 July 2016

Children's services have improved markedly.

Children's services have improved markedly.


Somerset children’s services which were rated as ‘inadequate’ last year have improved so much they are now heralded as an example of best practice in Ofsted’s annual national report.

Somerset County Council launched a major recruitment drive for social workers after 2015’s poor report, and the 44 new staff have seen average case loads drop from 20 to 14.

Watchdog Ofsted says this ‘good leadership’ has been a crucial in creating ‘a structure and supportive culture that enables social work to flourish’, and urged other authorities to learn from the success.

Council cabinet member Frances Nicholson said: “We are fully aware that we have a long way to go in our improvement journey, but this highlights to us that we are heading in the right direction.”

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