Somerset County Council’s children’s services improve but progress ‘must accelerate’

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 June 2017

Somerset's education provision has improved.

Somerset's education provision has improved.


Education watchdog Ofsted has made a visit to Somerset and has praised the county council’s rate of improvements to children’s services – but says progress must now accelerate.

Inspectors were present for two days back in May and looked at the quality of the authority’s social work practice.

Ofsted’s report said Somerset County Council is ‘energetic’ in its approach but is also ‘realistic’ about improvements which need to be made after services were rated ‘inadequate’ just two years ago.

Frances Nicholson, the council’s cabinet member for children and families said: “We are glad Ofsted has recognised the improvements and progress that is being made and completely accept their desire to increase the pace of change.

“Caseloads have fallen, placement stability has improved and the sharing of information between staff and partners is better. These are all big successes, but we still have a long way to go and we want to get there as quickly as we can.”

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