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Leicester Children's social services requiring improvement

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Leicester children's social services department has been found to be in need of improvement.

During a recent OFSTED inspection, some children were found to still have too many changes of social worker with work needing to be done to ensure most children receive a good service.

OFSTED found that the department is however making ‘steady progress’ in their improvement programme and the way performance is monitored and quality is assured.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor for children, young people and schools, said:

“This report shows that we are now meeting time targets for the vast majority of children we work with, and that we are taking clear steps to ensure that the interventions we have to make into children’s lives are timely, appropriate and relevant.We’re encouraged by Ofsted’s findings and will take on board the inspectors’ advice and recommendations to help us improve further.”

– Cllr Sarah Russell.


Council leader: 'bottom line is this simply isn't good enough'

The leader of Sandwell Council Darren Cooper has apologised for the poor Ofsted results, which rated the local authority's children's services department as 'failing' and 'inadequate'.

He goes onto say, although not making excuses, he told the regulator it was a bad time to assess the local authority before the inspection was carried out.

'I've decided to resign with immediate effect,' says Sandwell Councillor

Sandwell’s children’s services boss, Councillor Bob Badham, has stepped down from his post after Ofsted assessed the council's arrangements for protecting children to be inadequate.

Ofsted carried out an unannounced inspection of child protection services in February this year.

It uncovered failings in overall effectiveness, help and protection for young people, quality of practice, and leadership and governance.

As the cabinet member I have final responsibility for ensuring children’s services are fit for purpose. The Ofsted report has made it clear that they are not and therefore I have decided to resign with immediate effect.

I was fully aware of problems with the service and knew we had to take radical action.

– Councillor Bob Badham, Cabinet member for children's services
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Sandwell Council Cabinet Member resigns following Ofsted report

Councillor Bob Badham, Sandwell Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, has resigned in the wake of an Ofsted report yesterday that branded children's services in the borough 'inadequate'.

It follows yesterday's resignation of Helen Smith, who was the council's director of Children and Families Services.

Senior council manager resigns for 'inadequate' child services

A manager in a West Midlands council has resigned following an Ofsted investigation, which found that child protection services weren't good enough.

Helen Smith, director of Child Services, has left Sandwell Council following an inspection in February this year.

Improvements are now being made, the council has confirmed, with more social workers being employed to help resolve the problem.