LSCB 5 Minute Briefing - Ofsted inspection outcome for Cumbria County Council

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lscb 5 min briefing

Ofsted inspection outcome


Ofsted have now published their final inspection report for Cumbria County Council (Re-inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers).

John Macilwraith said that we have made tremendous progress since our last inspection in all aspects of our work. Challenges remain, but I believe if we continue on this positive path we will achieve our aim.

This reflects your effort and commitment to getting it right for children and young people and I, and the council’s whole leadership team, thank you for that. It was critical that we ‘turned the ship around’, and we have.

In the report inspectors state that all services for children provided by Cumbria County Council have improved significantly. Inspectors judge the performance of the adoption service and the quality of the directorate’s leadership to be “good”. The report finds that overall services “require improvement”.

This is a positive outcome and reflects the conclusion of our own self-assessment, undertaken prior to the inspection. 

The report contains 10 recommendations for action and the directorate is already working to address these.

This judgement reflects a huge amount of work by the whole Partnership. Inspectors specifically highlight the positive contribution of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Children’s Trust Board and Safer Cumbria. The performance of the LSCB and Children’s Improvement Board are noted as strengths, with each playing a key role checking and scrutinising progress. 

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