Ofsted praise for Lincolnshire Children’s Services

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LINCOLNSHIRE Children’s Services has been praised by Ofsted inspectors in the latest Annual Performance Assessment, helping young people in the county get the best start in life.

The ‘excellent’ performance rating follows the ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspection into safeguarding arrangements earlier in the year.

The very large majority of services, settings and institutions are judged to be good or outstanding and almost all provision helps children and young people to learn while staying safe.

The unannounced inspection of contact, referral and assessment arrangements for children in need and children who may be in need of protection carried out in February found many areas of strength.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “This report is a further endorsement of the quality of services for children and their families. We are committed to providing good opportunities for all our young people to prosper, help them reach their potential, and give them the best possible start in life. We are working well with all our partners to bring effective integrated children’s services for all.”

Peter Duxbury, Director of Children’s Services, said: “We want all children and young people in the county to be safe, healthy and realise their ambitions. This is another vindication of the excellent work that is making a difference for young people in the county but we will continue to strive to improve still further.

“All staff from the county council and from partner agencies should be congratulated for their efforts – including youth workers, teachers, social workers, and many others.”