Ofsted sees further improvements in city’s children’s services

Children’s social care services in Brighton & Hove are good and are taking steady steps towards further improvements, according to Ofsted.

Inspectors have said that:

•    When children’s needs escalate, decisive action is taken to ensure they are safeguarded
•    Vulnerable and at-risk adolescents benefit from thoughtful, creative and well-planned work
•    Feedback from parents about the early parenting assessment programme is very positive
•    Staff say they feel well supported.

Ofsted said there was room for improvement in the way the council works with other agencies. It called for further improvements in record keeping, and said the voices of children should always be made central to decision making.

The chair of the council’s children, families and schools committee, Councillor John Allcock, said:

“Two years ago Ofsted rated our children’s services as ‘good’, and I’m delighted that they’ve recognised the further improvements we’ve made since.

“They’ve also seen that we have already identified and put action plans in place for many of the areas they have called for further development work on.

“We want our children’s services to be as good as possible. So we very much welcome both the positive feedback we’ve had from their inspectors and the suggestions they have made.”