A local authority in the West Midlands has been praised by government inspectorate Ofsted for a range of improvements to its child protection services.
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council was in danger of losing responsibility for child protection altogether after inspectors dubbed its performance ‘inadequate’ last spring. But now they believe “positive progress” has been made.
Following a series of recent visits, Ofsted has highlighted better support for social workers employed by the Council. They now receive weekly meetings with management and have lower caseloads to contend with, allowing them to devote more time to each child. The inspectors also singled out efforts to ensure that the views of the children themselves are better taken into account regarding long term foster placements.
In a letter to the department, Ofsted wrote:
“There is a shared and determined commitment to improving services for children in Dudley. Social workers and managers are very proud of their work. They speak highly of the vision of senior managers, who have established a culture of positivity and, most importantly, a culture of ‘can do and will do’, in which the needs of children are paramount.”