Children’s services in Hounslow have been awarded an overall judgement of ‘Good’ by Ofsted following inspection in October.
Published: Monday, 12th November 2018
There have been significant improvements in all areas since Hounslow’s last inspection in 2014. Inspectors found that senior leaders with strong political support know their services well and have worked hard to improve them. Services are well led and managed, and a thoughtful and caring approach to children in Hounslow is threaded throughout children’s services, and staff morale is high.
Inspectors found that staff in Hounslow know their children and young people well, are aspirational for them and ensure that they receive timely and appropriate help to meet their individual needs.
This outcome marks a significant improvement since the last inspection in 2014 when Hounslow was judged to be requiring improvement in all areas and reflects the significant hard-work and dedication that social workers, managers and partners have put into improving services and outcomes for children and families in Hounslow over the past four years.
Inspectors identified many strengths in Hounslow, including the good progress children make when they come into local authority care, the quality of support provided by local authority foster carers and the clear focus on their educational progress and attainment from the Virtual College.
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said:
“We work extremely hard to look after all our children in Hounslow, ensuring they benefit from the best support, care and education we can provide.
“We are delighted with the Ofsted rating of Good for our Children’s Services which reflects the hard-work and dedication of all our staff, members, partners and carers.
“The report recognises that one of our strengths is always building on successes and continuous learning and improvement. This will continue.”
An action plan is being developed to address the findings of the inspection report which will be submitted to Ofsted within the required 70-day timeframe, supported by senior officers and members.
The council and our partners remain committed to delivering the highest quality service to ensure that our children and young people have the best chances in life.
For more information please visit the Ofsted website