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: Tuesday, 24th July 2018

Inspection notes

Hounslow was subject to a Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI) back 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).

All four inspectoraes 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 report found that:

  • 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.

Cllr 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. 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.

“I’d like to thank everyone who contributed their views and the positive feedback we have received from inspectors in the development of this important work.”

The Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI) programme began over two years ago and has been, and continues to be, a hugely valuable piece of work.

The inspection identified that the council responds well to children’s needs through effective joint working. The JTAIs offer the council an opportunity to test, challenge, stretch and support partnership working ensuring we have a collective commitment to a common improvement in services for children and young people and their families.

To find out more about the Joint Targeted Area Inspection and at the way Ofsted inspects local authority children's services, visit The Ofsted Blog

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