Thurrock is among the best councils in the country when it comes to co-ordinating information about vulnerable children.
The government has just published information from authorities across England — 152 in all — which shows Thurrock placed ninth.
The annual Children in Need Census requires councils to report all cases being dealt with by social workers in children’s services. This is the first time comparative data has been published.
One of the things the census examines is how well councils’ back staff provide the information to social workers on the front line — a “data confidence indicator” for high-quality information underpinning the planning and delivery of services
Charlie Curtis, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for Children’s Social Care, said: “This shows just how seriously we take our role to protect vulnerable children and young people.
“This has been a personal priority for me for many years and I’ve always known Thurrock worked hard in this area.
“It’s gratifying to know — via this league table — that the work Thurrock puts in behind the scenes to support the front line service is among the best in the country.”