Council still has more to do to help children in care

  

This month saw the publication of Ofsted’s report on Greenwich Council’s children’s services and how they looked after children in care.

   

While the report highlighted some improvement in services it also highlighted a number of areas for further improvement. 

   

The report has highlighted high vacancy rates in staff, which Ofsted found held up improving the quality of service provision.  The report also asked for improvement on the quality and timeliness of assessments and also found that social workers weren’t always supported by proper supervision.

   

The report also found that the views of children going into care weren’t considered as much as they should be in shaping the services that the council provide to them.

   

Cllr Adam Thomas who is a Conservative representative on the council’s Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee said, ‘It is good to see that the council is making some improvements in the way it delivers services for some of the borough’s most vulnerable children.  However the Ofsted report highlights significant areas for improvement and it must improve on it’s current ‘adequate’ status.’

   

‘The scrutiny committee has considered some worrying data on the services being provided to looked after children, particularly in ensuring they get the same opportunities to succeed.  This report is helpful in highlighting further areas where the council needs to improve.’

 The full report can be accessed at:  

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxcare_providers/la_download/(id)/5102/(as)/SC/SC_SC055128_24012009.pdf