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Unannounced Ofsted Inspection Finds...

Wednesday 4th August 2010

 

 

Since June 2009, Ofsted have been carrying out unannounced inspections on local authorities. Bedford Borough Council Children’s Services inspection was conducted on 6th and 7th July 2010, and the findings were very positive. There were no areas of ‘Priority Action’ found, and the inspection discovered several significant areas of strength.

 

The inspection sampled the quality and effectiveness of contact, referral and assessment arrangements and their impact on minimising any child abuse and neglect. Inspectors considered a range of evidence, including: electronic case records; supervision files and notes; observation of social workers and senior practitioners undertaking referral and assessment duties; and other information provided by staff and managers. Inspectors also spoke to a range of staff including managers, social workers, other practitioners and administrative staff.

 

Bedford Borough Council’s front line social work teams were noted as having particular strengths in assessments and service delivery which was consistent and comprehensive and took good account of the cultural diversity of children and families and the needs of service users with disabilities. The duty, referral and assessment staff demonstrated good morale and work effectively and flexibly together.

 

The assessment also highlighted that ‘Good quality intervention by the Emergency Duty Team ensures a consistent and co-ordinated response to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families’ which is noted as a crucial part of the service due to it being the first point of contact between possible vulnerable children and that of the service out of hours.

 

Cllr David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Bedford Borough Council said: “I was delighted to hear about Ofsted’s very successful unannounced inspection of our Children’s Safeguarding Services. I am fully aware this was very much a team effort across Children’s Services and would particularly like to attribute recognition to our Intake and Assessment team and the Children with Disability team.

 

I have known personally for some time about the high quality of the services being provided, and it is very rewarding that this has now been externally recognised and accredited.”

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