Council delighted by safeguarding report from Ofsted
Date posted: 28-07-2012
THE Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) has announced that Thurrock Council has been judged Good for safeguarding and looked after children services.
The inspection took place in June and there are two separate judgements – one for safeguarding services and one for services to looked after children. Thurrock Council scored Good in both.
Thurrock Council Portfolio Holder for Education and Children’s Social Care, Councillor Oliver Gerrish, said: “This is a fantastic result for Thurrock especially when the national picture is very different. Thurrock is bucking the trend compared to similar councils.
“The inspection was very detailed and challenging. Over the two week inspection period the inspectors met with children and young people receiving services, front line staff, senior officers, councillors, partner organisations and reviewed over 70 case files.
“Our Good rating shows that children’s services in Thurrock are of a very high standard. This means we can have great confidence in the delivery of services to the most vulnerable children who are at the heart of the council’s ambition.
“We will continue to keep improving where necessary for the benefit of children in Thurrock. Ofsted have provided ideas on how we can improve parts of our service and we are already implementing these.”