Surprise Warwickshire County Council inspection report out

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DETAILS of how well Warwickshire County Council cares for children in need and addresses child protection matters has been published today (Thursday).

Cllr Heather Timms, the council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and families said: “I am delighted to see no areas for ‘priority action’ identified in the Ofsted report about the unannounced inspection this June.

Overall, the inspectors found that children at risk of harm are ‘protected’ and ‘timely action’ taken.”

“Particular strengths were identified in our risk assessment process, and our communication with children and young people to understand their experiences and views which are considered at the heart of our planning.”

The Ofsted report, published today, follows an unannounced inspection last month into contact, referral and assessment arrangements for children in need and those who may be in need of protection.

The Ofsted inspection focused on the work of two of our duty teams, Warwick and Bedworth. It assessed the quality and effectiveness of our arrangements, the impact of these arrangements on minimising incidence of child abuse and neglect, and the contribution of this service to safeguarding priorities.

Cllr Timms added: “There are, of course, areas for development. Primarily these relate to the demand pressures we are currently facing and the challenges of providing sufficient consistency in what we do across the county.

These issues are not surprises to us and we have plans in place to deliver further improvement.

“As you can imagine an unannounced inspection of such a challenging area of work is a difficult process. I would like to thank all the county council staff who took part in the inspection process and made a contribution to such a positive outcome.”