Children’s social care services for Harlow rated “Outstanding”

ESSEX County Council is today’s celebrating the fantastic news of achieving an Outstanding rating from Ofsted for its children’s social care services.

Following a period of assessment in November 2018 Inspectors judged the local authority to be outstanding in its services to children, with consistently high standards applied across the county, innovative and high quality help and support available and a well-trained and highly skilled workforce.

The report in particular praised the staff and social workers, highlighting that “Staff enjoy working in Essex; morale and motivation are high. Workers describe the work they are able to undertake with children and families as the reason they came into social work.” And that “Social workers know children very well. They demonstrate a good understanding of their needs and plans and are passionate about securing and sustaining improvements in their lives.”

Cllr Dick Madden, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “This Outstanding rating is simply the best way to start the New Year. It is a fantastic achievement to all working in children’s social care in Essex and I want to say thank you to each and every person who has played a part in making Essex Ofsted Outstanding. The journey to becoming an Outstanding children’s social care service has been greatly rewarding. We have invested in our staff, improved practice and developed innovative methods but all the time we have ensured at the heart of everything is the drive to improve the lives of our vulnerable children and their families. I could not be more proud of this achievement. Congratulations to all involved.”

The report also highlighted that the strong political and corporate support has meant the local authority has been able to manage demand and prioritise children’s needs across the council, with praise for senior leaders in their pursuit of excellence for children.

The full Ofsted report can be found at www.reports.ofsted.gov.uk

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