Rutland County Council's children's services praised
Children’s Services at Rutland Council react promptly to protect children from harm, according to inspectors.
Ofsted did not give a rating like it does school inspections but gave the council a range of praise and recommendations.
The inspection looked at council arrangements for contacts and referrals, the quality of its assessments and early plans and support for children at risk of exploitation.
Inspectors said a recently appointed director of children’s services and his senior leadership team are ‘ambitious’ for Rutland children and and ‘have a realistic understanding of service strengths and areas for improvement’.
They continued: “Responses to child protection concerns are prompt. Investigations related to allegations about professionals are thoroughly investigated by the designated officer, and responses to children at risk of exploitation are improving.”
However, in less urgent situations, children are not always seen as promptly or regularly, resulting in a delay in their needs being assessed and met.
Ofsted made recommendations including children’s services holding more ‘multi-agency meetings’ when concerns escalate during an assessment, be more consistent with assessments, be clearer on how a child’s life can be improved and to complete low-risk cases quicker.
Last year, Rutland Council social services received 1,413 safeguarding contacts. These can be calls or online contacts expressing concerns for a child or young person.
Cabinet member for children and young people, Coun David Wilby said: “Our children’s services act swiftly and diligently whenever concerns about a child’s safety are raised, and we work closely with neighbouring councils and the police to make sure the right action is taken.”
He urged people to come forward if they have concerns about a young person, so the council can investigate and help. The number to ring is 01572 758407.