Top-notch results for children’s services

PUBLISHED: 12:30 13 December 2010

Ofsted has rated children's services in North Somerset as excellent

Ofsted has rated children's services in North Somerset as excellent

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CHILDREN’S services in North Somerset have been rated as ‘excellent’ by Ofsted.

This top grading comes from the education watchdog’s annual assessment which looks at the quality of services and outcomes for children and young people in each area.

Councillor Jeremy Blatchford, the council’s executive member for children and young people’s services, said: “These findings from Ofsted reflect the strengths of our services and they are mainly based on what inspectors have seen first hand.

“Children services are not just education, not just the council alone but a large complex organisation with North Somerset Council at the front.

“Ofsted has said that we all work together well and that the total service is excellent, placing us at the front of national practice.

“We have done this despite low funding and very complex challenges.”

Ofsted’s unannounced inspection of the council’s children’s social care referral, contact and assessment services which came out well also contributed to this top rating.

As well as this top result from Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission also found that the council’s adult social services are delivering outcomes ‘well’.

Cllr Blatchford added: “While we won’t fall into the trap of becoming complacent it is right we should celebrate these results while acknowledging we need to continue to improve the outcomes for our young people.

“I do want to thank all our staff and pay tribute to their continuing hard work.”

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