Surprise service evaluation gets top marks

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AN unannounced inspection has uncovered ‘no areas for concern’ in the dpeartment which oversees Milton Keynes children’s services.

Ofsted inspectors visited the council for two days in February without warning to assess the effectiveness of the service on minimising child abuse and neglect.

Councillor Rosemary Drewett, Lead Member for Children, said: “This is a very positive endorsement of our contact, referral and assessment service for children.

“I congratulate all team members for the part they play in ensuring that the needs of vulnerable children are met effectively.

“As always, there are some areas for development and we have developed an action plan to address these.”

The inspectors found strengths in the service, highlighting the support provided to social workers, and the good quality of the out of hours facility.

Many other areas met the statutory standards required, including the clarity of assessments, staff development, response to child protection concerns and inclusion of parents’ views in assessments.