Wandsworth Children’s Services receives praise from Ofsted

Published: Monday, August 23, 2021

Wandsworth Council has been praised for its commitment to making positive changes in the lives of vulnerable children in the borough and making sure they have a voice.

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That’s according a recent Ofsted inspection which examined how the local authority works with children in need of help and protection.

In a letter summarising Ofsted’s findings the inspectors said: “There is a strong commitment and investment from politicians and senior leaders across the council and partners to bring about positive change for children” and that “children’s views and their experiences are evident in assessments.”

Cllr Will Sweet, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, said: “This is an excellent report and is testament to the hard work and dedication of Wandsworth Council staff who work with children in need and families in need of support, help and protection.

“As a Council, we strive to put children and their voices at the heart of what we do. I’m glad that the inspectors saw this first hand and highlighted it in their report. We will build on this as we work to deliver greater services to our communities. What shines through is our absolute commitment to bring about positive change for our most vulnerable children and their families.”

Inspectors concluded that “despite the challenges of COVID-19, services have been agile and responsive to the needs of children and their families”.

Cllr Sweet added “Cllr Sweet added “Wandsworth Council is determined to improve and innovate the services we provide to children. We want to lead the way among local authorities. One major way we are doing this is through “Family Safeguarding”, putting the whole family at the heart of our children’s services. We are the only authority in London chosen to implement this service. It gives an amazing opportunity to make a significant difference for children and families of Wandsworth.

“On behalf of Children’s Services I would like to thank Ofsted for their visit and the positive and constructive feedback.”

The inspection took place on July 14th and 15th. The Ofsted Inspection letter can be viewed in full here.