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The Ofsted Interview: social work leaders on the key lessons for children's services

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Children's services leaders share the results of their Ofsted inspection and discuss what's going well and what's left to do.

Children's services leaders share the results of their Ofsted inspection and discuss what's going well and what's left to do.
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United Kingdom

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Children's services leaders share the results of their Ofsted inspection and discuss what's going well and what's left to do.

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English


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Cambridgeshire council: 'Now we've got a new structure in place, we should be working more quickly'

4/15/2019
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Lou Williams, service director for children’s services and safeguarding at Cambridgeshire council, talks to Community Care about the ‘requires improvement’ judgment the council’s children’s services recently received from Ofsted. The council was praised by Ofsted for taking swift action after a restructure in spring 2017 had been shown to a have a negative impact on the delivery of services to children and families. “These weaknesses were compounded by high caseloads, making it very...

Duration:00:21:17

Leeds council: ‘Social work is about relationships. If it’s not about that, it’s not about anything’

2/26/2019
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Steve Walker, director of children’s services at Leeds council, talks to Community Care about the ‘outstanding’ judgment the service recently received from Ofsted. The council was praised by Ofsted particularly for its commitment to investment in children’s services, including the development of what the regulator termed “innovative” initiatives, its well-established partnership arrangements and its “highly motivated” and “loyal” workforce. Walker describes the considerable journey for the...

Duration:00:23:00

Dudley council: 'There's a sweepstake for how long before I mention restorative practice'

2/19/2019
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Martin Samuels, strategic director of people at Dudley council, and Sue Butcher, chief officer for children's services, talks to Community Care about the ‘requires improvement’ judgment the service recently received from Ofsted. Ofsted praised the 'significant' improvements made at the service since its previous inspection, with a particular nod to developments in services for children in care and care leavers, and improvements to its MASH service. But challenges were said to remain,...

Duration:00:32:34

Essex council: 'We have a really coherent direction about practice, structure and how we do things'

2/4/2019
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Helen Lincoln, executive director of children and families at Essex council, talks to Community Care about the ‘outstanding’ judgment the service recently received from Ofsted. The council was praised by Ofsted for its management of out of area placements, its work within gang intervention as an emerging challenge and its investment in its workforce, resulting in low agency staffing levels and manageable caseloads. Lincoln explains how the council’s children’s services has taken advantage of...

Duration:00:22:22

Calderdale council: 'Ofsted left no stone unturned'

1/18/2019
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Julie Jenkins, director of children's and young people's services at Calderdale council talk to Community Care about the journey to its 'good' Ofsted rating achieved towards the end of 2018. Ofsted highlighted the council's 'outstanding' services for children in care and care leavers, the supportive and caring culture within the council's children's services and the significant strengthening of performance management. Jenkins describes the "tailored" nature of the council's children in care...

Duration:00:22:37

Barnsley council: 'At the heart of good social work is relationship-based practice.'

1/8/2019
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Rachel Dickinson, director of children’s and adults’ services at Barnsley council, talks to Community Care about the ‘good’ judgment the service recently received from Ofsted. The council was praised for its good quality assessments, its approach to permanence and “excellent” workforce stability enabling children to “benefit from being able to develop consistent relationships with social workers”. Dickinson explains how the service has retained its workforce and the importance of...

Duration:00:23:34

Hertfordshire council: - 'We're always looking to improve'

1/2/2019
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Jenny Coles, director of children’s services at Hertfordshire council, talks to Community Care about the ‘good’ judgment the service has received from Ofsted. The council was praised by Ofsted for its high-quality partnership working, particularly in its now established multi-disciplinary family safeguarding teams, the use of “top quality” performance management information, and the “wise” investment in its workforce. The full list of questions, posed by Community Care associate editor Sarah...

Duration:00:17:05

Hounslow council: 'We weren't just preparing for a one-off event'

12/18/2018
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Jacqui McShannon, director of children’s safeguarding and specialist services at Hounslow council, and Councillor Tom Bruce, the council’s cabinet member for education, children and youth services talk to Community Care about the ‘good’ judgment that Hounslow council’s children’s services recently received from Ofsted. The council was praised by Ofsted for its “timely and effective” front door service and the “highly aspirational” social work for children in care and care leavers. Senior...

Duration:00:26:44

Bristol council: 'There's never a good time for an inspection'

12/14/2018
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Dr Jacqui Jensen, executive director of adults, children, education and public health at Bristol council, talks to Community Care about the ‘requires improvement’ judgment the service recently received from Ofsted. The council was praised by Ofsted for the “considerable” progress senior leaders have made in “developing an environment where good social work can flourish”. Ofsted saw that “practice improvements were most evident” in a number of areas identified as weak in the council’s...

Duration:00:24:20

Yvette Stanley discusses Ofsted's annual report

12/5/2018
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Yvette Stanley discusses Ofsted's annual report by Community Care

Duration:00:14:44

Portsmouth council: 'We know the only way to continue to be good is to aim to be outstanding'

11/14/2018
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Alison Jeffery, director of children and families’ services at Portsmouth council, talks to Community Care about the ‘good’ judgment the service recently received from Ofsted. The council was praised by Ofsted particularly for its “impressive” quality assurance and its learning and development environment. Jeffery explains how the service implemented these measures, including how it ensures a strong supportive learning environment for its staff, its commitment to restorative practice, bow it...

Duration:00:13:19

North Yorkshire council: 'Workers need reasonable caseloads. It's not rocket or social work science'

10/31/2018
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Stuart Carlton, director of children and young people's services at North Yorkshire, discusses the services' 'outstanding' Ofsted judgment. The council is the first to receive an across-the-board 'outstanding' rating under the new Ofsted inspection framework. Carlton explains some of the keys to this success, including no longer using agency staff, having a clear practice model and making sure social workers have reasonable caseloads. The full list of questions, asked by Community Care...

Duration:00:20:09