Council praised for speedy improvements

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West Berkshire Council in Newbury has been praised by Ofsted after achieving a ‘good’ rating just two years on from an ‘inadequate’ one.

Back in 2015 the Council’s children’s services department received  a thumbs down from Ofsted over concerns that it was placing children at risk due to lengthy delays and a high staff turnover.

But inspectors found a very different situation on the ground this year and had no hesitation in awarding a dramatically improved rating. They said council management deserved praise both for the speed of the improvements and for the innovation on display.

They singled out the establishment of a more stable workforce, improved quality checks and better partnership work with other frontline child protection agencies such as doctors, schools and the Police.

Nevertheless they called on the council to make greater efforts with children at risk of sexual exploitation.

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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