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Gateshead Council's children's services praised

Ofsted report children's services

Children and families in Gateshead are benefiting from a good service from skilled and passionate social care staff who care deeply about them, according to an Ofsted report.

An inspection across Gateshead Council's children's social care services took place in April/May which looked at early help, social work, commissioning of services and education.

The report highlighted that:

  • Children who are in need of early help and those who are on the edge of care are now receiving an excellent service.
  • Social workers know children well, are aspirational for them and care deeply about helping and protecting them from harm.
  • Children benefit from the help and support they receive from highly skilled, committed and knowledgeable staff.
  • There is good practice within most areas of the service which has a demonstrable positive impact on improving children and family's circumstances.
  • The report also found that there is a shared ambition within the Council for children and young people who are encouraged to influence services provided for them. They are listened to; their concerns are addressed and the Council is proud of their achievements and the progress they are making.

Cllr Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

"Gateshead Council has pledged to put people and families at the heart of everything that we do. I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised that children and young people are at the heart of our decision making and that children receive an excellent service from highly skilled and committed staff who are aspirational for all our children."

Staff across the service are described throughout the report as "skilled", "highly experienced", "well-trained", "committed" and "passionate about their work". Inspectors also noted that there is a "strong and effective" senior leadership team that has "delivered tangible improvements to both the quality and impact of social work practice and the experiences and progress of children is now good".

Caroline O'Neill, Strategic Director for Care Wellbeing and Learning, said: "This report is a real testament to the hard work and care demonstrated by our staff every day. All Children's Services staff are making a real difference to improving the lives of children and families and I am extremely pleased their efforts have been recognised and praised by the Ofsted inspection team.

"The report has highlighted only four areas where improvement is needed. We know what needs to improve and already have plans in place to ensure we continue to build on our successes."

Read the report

Ofsted report children's services
11 June 2019

Children and families in Gateshead are benefiting from a good service from skilled and passionate social care staff who care deeply about them, according to an Ofsted report.

An inspection across Gateshead Council's children's social care services took place in April/May which looked at early help, social work, commissioning of services and education.

The report highlighted that:

  • Children who are in need of early help and those who are on the edge of care are now receiving an excellent service.
  • Social workers know children well, are aspirational for them and care deeply about helping and protecting them from harm.
  • Children benefit from the help and support they receive from highly skilled, committed and knowledgeable staff.
  • There is good practice within most areas of the service which has a demonstrable positive impact on improving children and family's circumstances.
  • The report also found that there is a shared ambition within the Council for children and young people who are encouraged to influence services provided for them. They are listened to; their concerns are addressed and the Council is proud of their achievements and the progress they are making.

Cllr Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

"Gateshead Council has pledged to put people and families at the heart of everything that we do. I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised that children and young people are at the heart of our decision making and that children receive an excellent service from highly skilled and committed staff who are aspirational for all our children."

Staff across the service are described throughout the report as "skilled", "highly experienced", "well-trained", "committed" and "passionate about their work". Inspectors also noted that there is a "strong and effective" senior leadership team that has "delivered tangible improvements to both the quality and impact of social work practice and the experiences and progress of children is now good".

Caroline O'Neill, Strategic Director for Care Wellbeing and Learning, said: "This report is a real testament to the hard work and care demonstrated by our staff every day. All Children's Services staff are making a real difference to improving the lives of children and families and I am extremely pleased their efforts have been recognised and praised by the Ofsted inspection team.

"The report has highlighted only four areas where improvement is needed. We know what needs to improve and already have plans in place to ensure we continue to build on our successes."

Read the report

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