Leading the way in the safeguarding of vulnerable young people

Ofsted inspectors have found that Hounslow Council works successfully in partnership to identify and protect the borough’s most vulnerable young residents.

Published: Wednesday, 28th June 2017

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Ofsted inspectors have found that Hounslow Council works successfully in partnership to identify and protect the borough’s most vulnerable young residents.

Hounslow was subject to a Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI) over three weeks in March 2017. A 13-strong team of inspectors came from Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) and were on site for the final week.

All four inspectorates looked at how the council, the police, health, probation and youth offending services are working together to identify and protect those young people most at risk, focusing on ‘front door’ services as well as a ‘deep dive’ theme of children living with domestic abuse.

The Ofsted feedback letter was published earlier this month [June] and it found:

  • Hounslow Council leads a strong culture of openness and learning.
  • Effective multi-agency working by frontline practitioners in Hounslow which leads, in the majority of cases, to improvements in the day-to-day lives of children living with domestic abuse. There is evidence of purposeful, child-centred direct work with children and their families, who are safer as a result.
  • Prioritisation of domestic abuse has led to some good and excellent services being available to families where children have experienced domestic abuse. The Learning to Respect and Let’s Talk programmes and the White Ribbon campaign were particularly highlighted.
  • The Youth Offending Service is working effectively with partners to identify the risk of children experiencing domestic abuse, and appropriate plans have been put in place to reduce risk.

As with any inspection report, the Council and its partners will be working to submit an action plan to Ofsted in September, on areas of improvement. This includes raising awareness of the further potential benefits of MASH [Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub] and improving the way in which information and evaluation supports strategic planning going forward.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said:

“Ofsted found our council leads a strong culture of openness and learning, our effective multi-agency frontline practitioners look to improve the day-to-day lives of children and to ensure our young people are being kept safe – which is the most important job we have.

“They also found the potential benefits of multi-agency working. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the inspection. This has provided valuable learning for all of us and gives us a firm platform from which to protect vulnerable children and young people across Hounslow.”