Norfolk County Council ‘inadequate’ declares Ofsted

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The children’s services department of Norfolk County Council has been declared “inadequate” for the second time in two years by Ofsted.

The inspectorate listed a number of significant issues. Social workers were unable to contact a quarter of all care leavers because they had misplaced their details, said the inspectors, including those of all 26 care leavers thought to be the most vulnerable in the region.

Also highlighted in the inspection report were claims by foster carers that they had found it difficult to contact social workers when they needed one. Meanwhile, the inspectors identified 16 children in care who had no allocated social worker at all.

Overall services were weak and delays common, the report claimed.

The local authority was initially declared ‘inadequate’ – the lowest available Ofsted rating – in 2013 and the director of children’s services has twice been replaced since then.

Current head Michael Rosen insisted however:

“Typically it takes four years to recover from the position that this department was in in 2013. It is clear from the report that the department has made substantial progress in what is a relatively short space of time.”

Photo of Norfolk County Hall by Graham Hardy via Flickr

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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