Nottinghamshire County Council's comment on Ofsted report
Commenting on today’s ( 19 Dec) Ofsted inspection findings
Councillor Philip Owen, Chairman of Children and Young People’s Committee said,
“We welcome the findings of the Ofsted inspection and thank them for a thorough report which has recognised that our practice has remained “Good” since our last inspection in 2015, placing us in the top performing 30 per cent of all Councils.
“Keeping children safe is the highest priority of the Council. We are pleased that Ofsted recognise the corporate and political support the Council provides to its children’s services is a strength. We are committed to supporting our workforce who do an excellent job, day in day out, often in very challenging circumstances.
“Demand on our children’s services continues to increase year on year and there is always more work to be done. The report identifies some discrete areas of practice that require improvement. It is positive to note that the report also recognises that the Council is aware of the required improvements and were already taking action to address them before the inspection.
“It is encouraging that the Inspectors recognised high staff morale and the commitment of our foster carers who provide stable and caring homes for children who need our care. We have recruited 60 new social workers in 2019 to help support improved performance.
“We will continue to seek to attract more people to work in children’s social care and to grow our dedicated family of foster carers.”
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