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First Social Care Report puts spotlight on leadership

15 Oct 2013

Children’s services in England need strong and stable leadership to bring about sustained improvement in the help, care and protection of our most vulnerable young people, Ofsted said today.

Figures published in Ofsted’s first stand-alone Social Care Annual Report show that of the 17 local authorities judged ‘inadequate’ in the past year, 11 had seen a new Director of Children’s Services recently installed while 12 had undergone another major change in senior leadership of one sort or another in the period prior to inspection.

Today’s report finds that in a climate of turbulence, increased workloads and intense scrutiny of children’s social care – much of it arising from public anxiety following a catalogue of high profile child deaths – many areas are struggling to improve their performance.

Alongside the Annual Report, Ofsted’s online tool, Data View, today includes findings from social care inspections for the first time. Data View allows comparison of inspection findings on the performance over time of providers at national, regional, local authority and constituency level.

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