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Subject: Significant improvements made in Children’s Services in Knowsley
From: Michelle Clements
Date: 19/05/2017 10:35:16
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Message from Knowsley Council

Significant improvements made in Children’s Services in Knowsley

Ofsted were due to publish the findings of its re-inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers yesterday (17 May). However, due to the General Election, we are now in purdah and the publication date has been pushed back to 13 June 2017.

We are, however, able to share with you the judgement and the key findings from their inspection.

Ofsted judged three out of five areas to be ‘good’, two ‘requires improvement’ and due to the way the system works, our overall rating is ‘requires improvement’. We have now formally removed the ‘adequate’ tag we received back in June 2014.

The Ofsted inspection concluded that significant improvements have been made in the transformation of children’s social care and the services delivered by Knowsley Council and partners. The achievements made have been supported by a council-wide strategy that makes improving outcomes for vulnerable children in Knowsley ‘everybody’s businesses’. Ofsted stated that the council has achieved these improvements through a wholesale and effective cultural and structural transformation.

The judgement clearly reflects the hard work and commitment of our staff and partners. We will now continue to building on this success as we continue to further develop our services and ensure our children and families get the best from us in order for them to develop their own potential and prosper.

A copy of the full report will be available on www.knowsleynews.co.uk on 13 June 2017.

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