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Cheshire West children's services rated 'good' by Ofsted

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Children and Families Service has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

It follows an inspection in March.

The report stated significant improvements had been made in several areas and that there is a strong culture of learning across the Children’s Services.

It also highlighted the positive work culture within the council’s Children’s Service, which has built a stable and resilient workforce, and noted that social workers were experienced, skilled and took the time to get to know children they worked with.  

Areas the council was told to improve are:

  • Up-to-date recording of practice with children and their families that provides an accurate account to inform decision-making for children;
  • Social workers’ exploration of the impact of diversity on children’s lived experiences;
  • Consistency of decision-making to hold strategy meetings involving partner agencies where concerns are raised for children at risk of significant harm;
  • Social workers having full information from practice reviews and audits for children on their caseloads in order to help them to learn and develop their practice

Emma Taylor, Director of Children’s Services, said: “We’re delighted we’ve maintained our ‘good’ rating and received such positive comments from the inspectors.

“There is more demand on Children’s Services than ever before and our staff at all levels continue to rise to the challenges we face. I’m so proud of every staff member and how they work, both together and with our partners, to provide all our children and young people with the best start in life.

“This ‘good’ rating is a real positive for all of the families we support, showing that we’re continuing to provide valuable, high-quality services.

“We will take on board the recommendations made by Ofsted and will continue to strive to make improvements so we can achieve the best possible outcomes for all our children.”

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