Children’s Services in Trafford have been judged overall as “Good” in an Ofsted report published today. Services for children leaving care and leadership, governance and management received the highest ‘outstanding’ judgement.
An inspection was carried out over a four week period by a team of ten inspectors with the publication of the report being delayed due to the recent elections.
The inspection covered services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers in addition to a review of the effectiveness of the local safeguarding children board.
The overall judgement is that Children’s Services are good.
The report also confirms “there are no priority or immediate actions” required.
Judgements on areas of the service that contribute to the overall effectiveness are all at least “good” with some being “outstanding”.
The Local Safeguarding Children Board is “good”.
Cllr Mike Cornes, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said “I am delighted by this report which confirms our fully integrated multi-agency social care teams, introduced under Conservative control, continue to be at the forefront of highly rated child protection. I congratulate all who contribute to the protection of our children, especially those in care or who are care leavers, and those at risk of sexual exploitation.”
Cllr Sean Anstee, Leader of the Council, added “Once again Trafford stands out amongst other authorities, whether that be regionally or nationally. Trafford Youth Offending Service was recently independently inspected and secured the highest rating provided nationally. The educational attainment of Trafford students is amongst the best in the country for the key stages of final years for both primary and secondary education. When these factors are added to the rest of our Children’s Services I am confident that children in Trafford continue to be properly protected and provided with the best start in life.”