'Significant improvements' in Wiltshire children's services

'Significant improvements' in Wiltshire children's services

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:09pm 22nd July 2019.

The Council's social care has been rated 'good' in their latest Ofsted inspection.

Wiltshire Council was judged as 'requiring improvement' in their last checks in 2015, but is now graded 'good' in every area.

Some of the highlights in the Ofsted report include:

  • 'consistently good response to families and children in need of help and protection'
  • 'children increasingly receive the help and support they need'
  • 'children in care and care leavers are in permanent, stable homes and make good progress'
Children playing in field
The Ofsted report suggests there have been some major improvements in the support given to children in care

Laura Mayes, the Wiltshire Council cabinet member for children's services during the inspection, said:

"This report shows the determination and commitment of staff to improving children's lives in Wiltshire.

"We were confident the service was in good shape but to have it confirmed independently and so positively is hugely satisfying.

"We are never complacent though, and we will always strive to do more but it is heartening to see the hard work has made a real difference to children and young people's lives for the better."

FURTHER WORK TO DO

The report also suggests some areas for improvement, including:

  • Raising awareness of private fostering in the local community
  • The impact of services on children's health and education when they are in care
  • Improving the clarity and accuracy of children's records when they are in care
  • The availability of suitable placements when children first come into care
  • Quality of social work supervision needs to be worked on
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