Ofsted report pleases Rutland County Council

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A council says it is pleased that Ofsted inspectors have recognised “significant progress” in its child protection arrangements.

An unannounced inspection was carried out at Rutland County Council in January to look at the key aspects of a child’s journey through the child protection system in Rutland, focusing on the experiences of the child and the effectiveness of the help they are offered.

The inspectors gave the council an adequate rating in overall effectiveness; the effectiveness of the help and protection provided to children, young people, families and carers; the quality of practice and leadership and governance.

This is compared with an adequate rating for the overall effectiveness during the council’s last inspection in 2011.

The county council said it was pleased the latest report highlighted “significant improvements”, including the quality of assessments and that children usually receive a good service.

The council was also commended for its financial management, which has enabled frontline services to be preserved and sometimes enhanced, while maintaining a strong and visible leadership from senior managers.

The report also noted that the thoroughness of case recording had improved since the last inspection and that well-focused plans were put in place.

Portfolio holder for children’s services Kenneth Bool (Con) said: “We have strived to improve our services as much as possible, which is reflected in the report.

“We will now take away these comments and look to improve the service further.”