Ofsted has today published the outcome of its recent inspection of Children’s Services in the City of Wolverhampton. The inspection took place between 16 January and 9 February and focused on the overall effectiveness of services and arrangements for children who need help and protection, looked after children and care leavers.
The Overall Judgement is Good.
The individual judgements are as follows:-
Leadership, management and governance – Good
Looked after children – Good
Adoption performance – Good
Experiences and progress of care leavers – Good
Children who need help and protection – Requires Improvement to be Good.
The overall judgement of Good places Children’s Services in the City of Wolverhampton in the top 20% nationally, and joint 23rd out of the 129 councils which have been inspected under the current framework.
To put our performance into further context within the West Midlands Metropolitan Area, Children’s Services in the City of Wolverhampton are the only one out of the six which have been inspected under the new framework to have been judged Good (one council – Walsall – is awaiting inspection).
More on this Breaking Story later! But in short it tells you how far this City Council has come in the last few years Councillor Roger Lawrence and his Cabinet team alongside, the MD Keith Ireland and his team deserves great recognition. This Inspection was a hard one to deal with and Ofsted have been very tough on Local Authorities and their Children’s Services. Add to the raft of growing Awards the City is winning and the recognition it is picking up here and in London you can see we are doing well on poorer support from this Conservative Government.