Improvement Notice on Bexley's children's services lifted
PUBLISHED: 09:39 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:39 26 March 2015
Council has made 'considerable progress in improving its children's social care services'
An Improvement Notice issued to Bexley council by the Department for Education on the poor levels of performance and delivery of its children’s services as been lifted.
Issued in September 2014, the notice was lifted yesterday (Wednesday) by Edward Timpson MP, parliamentary under secretary of state for children and families,
Mr Timpson said: “It is clear, both from the Ofsted inspection carried out under the Single Inspection Framework and from a range of wider evidence – including peer reviews and officials’ own experience – that the council has made considerable progress in improving its children’s social care services since Ofsted’s last inspection of safeguarding services in May 2014.
“The Local Government Association’s peer review has provided evidence that the Local Safeguarding Children Board has come through a period of significant improvement and change and is now equipped to take up its safeguarding role in Bexley.”
The news was welcomed by Bexley leader Teresa O’Neill, who said: “This is very the result of much hard work by councillors, staff and our partners, together with significant investment.
“We will continue to focus on improvements that will keep the borough’s children safe and to ensure that children and families have access to the good services they have a right to expect.”
And cabinet member for children’s services Philip Read added: “We are working hard across the council to build on the good progress we have made.
“I am confident that we will achieve our aim of a closer and stronger Children’s Partnership, that works alongside a stronger Bexley Safeguarding Children Board and whose work is informed by a much wider engagement with children and young people.”
The council says its plan for further improving children’s services covers school effectiveness, special educational needs, inclusion, its workforce, professional practice, efficiency and innovation, prevention and early help, together with needs-led commissioning.