Government minister praises Somerset County Council for children’s services improvements

PUBLISHED: 20:00 18 January 2017

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‘Significant’ and ‘tangible’ improvements have been made in the children’s services department run by Somerset County Council, a Government minister has said.

The authority’s children’s services were judged by education watchdog Ofsted to be ‘inadequate’ when they were inspected in March 2015.

The council has since had four reviews and a letter from Edward Timpson, Government minister for vulnerable children, said there were ‘tangible’ and ‘significant’ improvements in social work practice.

Changes made by the authority include staff having more manageable workloads and a more stable workforce.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, cabinet member for children, said: “We are anything but complacent and there is a still a long way to go and much work to do. But this confirms that we are moving forward.”

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