London Borough of Barnet

Ofsted praise council’s safeguarding and looked after children services

Published Monday 27 February 2012

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have rated Barnet’s safeguarding and looked after children services as ‘good’ following their inspection earlier this year.

A team of inspectors spent two weeks with the council and its partners in January, scrutinising procedures, practices and performance relating to how we protect children and care for those children ‘looked after’ by the council.

In particular Ofsted was impressed with the partnership’s overall vision and direction, the leadership shown by the Children’s Trust Board as well as the Corporate Parenting role of the council and elected members.

Singled out for particular praise was the participation of young people and the impact their involvement has on the development and delivery of services.

Inspectors commented: ‘Elected members are committed to listening to the views of children and young people and to giving them opportunities to influence the development of services’.

Partnership working was another area which impressed inspectors. In particular they recognised the early intervention work taking place through the family focus model.

Despite being in place for just under a year, inspectors stated that ‘this work is beginning to demonstrate discernable, improved outcomes’.

Recommendations made by Ofsted within report provide a good opportunity to continue to improve the service, and will be taken forward by the council and partners.

Councillor Andrew Harper, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families said:

‘This latest report is great testament to the work of our Children’s Service and partners.

But despite our Children’s Service being highly performing, there is no room for complacency. We will continue to strive for excellence to achieve outstanding ratings for our safeguarding service - the same as other areas of our service and many of our schools. We want to deliver the best possible outcomes for Barnet’s children and young people. The results of this inspection will help us towards that objective.”

The full report can be viewed here - http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/local-authorities/barnet

Contact Press Officer: Mike Langton