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Ofsted rates Somerset's Children's Services as inadequate

Ofsted has published a damning report into the quality of children's services in Somerset, rating it as inadequate.

The education watchdog says there had been a "corporate failure to keep children safe in Somerset", and said the "continual churn" in the senior leadership team had stopped the development of the service and severely restricted progress.

The education watchdog says there had been a "corporate failure to keep children safe in Somerset". Credit: PA

There are widespread or serious failures which cause children to be harmed or at risk of harm and in the delivery of services for looked after children and care leavers which result in their welfare not being safeguarded and promoted.

Leaders and managers have not been able to demonstrate sufficient understanding of failures

– Ofsted

How the County Council ranked:

  • Children who need help and protection - Inadequate
  • Children looked after and achieving permanence - Inadequate
  • Adoption performance - Requires improvement
  • Experiences and progress of care leavers - Inadequate
  • Leadership, management and governance - Inadequate

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Ofsted rates Somerset's Children's Services as inadequate

Ofsted has published a damning report into the quality of children's services in Somerset, rating it as inadequate.

The education watchdog says there had been a "corporate failure to keep children safe in Somerset", and said the "continual churn" in the senior leadership team had stopped the development of the service and severely restricted progress.

The education watchdog says there had been a "corporate failure to keep children safe in Somerset" Credit: PA

There are widespread or serious failures which cause children to be harmed or at risk of harm and in the delivery of services for looked after children and care leavers which result in their welfare not being safeguarded and promoted.

Leaders and managers have not been able to demonstrate sufficient understanding of failures

– Ofsted

How the County Council ranked:

  • Children who need help and protection - Inadequate
  • Children looked after and achieving permanence - Inadequate
  • Adoption performance - Requires improvement
  • Experiences and progress of care leavers - Inadequate
  • Leadership, management and governance - Inadequate

Ofsted: Somerset Children's Services 'inadequate'

Two of Somerset's Children's Centres were judged inadequate by Ofsted Credit: PA

Ofsted has published a damning report into the quality of children's services in Somerset.

The education watchdog says the county council is "not providing good enough support for its most vulnerable young people and families".

One third of the 39 places inspected were seen as less than good with six of them judged inadequate. Somerset county council says it will make urgent improvements.

We looked at provision for 13,500 children - that's the number of children whose lives are touched by those children's centres and both those centres were inadequate. So really quite shocking statistics in terms of the number of children who are not getting what they need.

– Bradley Simmons, Ofsted Regional Director

Ofsted: Somerset Children's Services 'inadequate'

Two of Somerset's Children's Centres were judged inadequate by Ofsted Credit: PA

Ofsted has published a damning report into the quality of children's services in Somerset.

The education watchdog says the county council is "not providing good enough support for its most vulnerable young people and families".

One third of the 39 places inspected were seen as less than good with six of them judged inadequate. Somerset County Council says it will make urgent improvements.

We looked at provision for 13,500 children - that's the number of children whose lives are touched by those children's centres and both those centres were inadequate. So really quite shocking statistics in terms of the number of children who are not getting what they need ".

– Bradley Simmons, Ofsted Regional Director

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Somerset's highly paid Children's Services chief to go

Peter Lewis cost Somerset County Council £318,500 for a four day week Credit: ITV News

Somerset County Council has terminated the contract of one of Britain's highest paid public services officials.

Peter Lewis cost the authority £318,500 for a four day week. He was employed for 18 months to turn around the council's Children's Services which had an inadequate Ofsted rating.

The council said today, despite Mr Lewis' efforts, it was expected to get another inadequate rating.

Flood prevention schemes to begin in Somerset

Flood prevention schemes to begin in Somerset

Work on two schemes to protect communities on the Somerset Levels from future flooding will start this month.

The two major Somerset County Council schemes are due to start on 29th September. The road will be raised at Muchelney, and four new culverts will be built at Beer Wall.

The works are part of the Somerset Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan being delivered by a range of agencies, coordinated by County Council. Both schemes will result in the roads being closed for an estimated ten weeks.

It is great news that these key projects are about to start. They are a clear statement that we, and all the other agencies involved in the plan, are taking action and I’m sure local communities will be happy to see work underway.

There is no way of doing this work without closing roads, and multiple projects have to be undertaken as the same time if they are to have a chance of being completed this year.

Everyone will do their very best to keep disruption to a minimum and I’m sure anyone who saw the devastation last winter will appreciate that the long-term gain is well worth the short-term inconvenience.

– Councillor John Osman, Chairman of the Flood Action Plan Leaders Implementation Group and Leader of Somerset County Council
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