Merton Council has received an overall “good” Ofsted rating for its Children’s Services department, putting the local authority among the top performers in the country. Merton Safeguarding Children Board is one of just five in the country to be rated “outstanding” by Ofsted.
The inspection of the children’s services department is divided into different sections, with Leadership, management and governance; adoption performance and Merton Safeguarding Children Board all rated Outstanding. Experiences and progress of care leavers; children who need help and protection and children looked after and achieving permanence were all ranked Good.
The report, published today said: “Children in Merton benefit from services which are dynamic, ambitious and successful. Exceptional leadership and governance and strong frontline management ensure that children’s services are consistently good. All children receive a good service and some receive an outstanding service. Inspectors saw that significant and sustained improvements had been achieved since the last inspection in 2012, when all services were judged as good. Staff are very good at improving outcomes for children.”
Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Katy Neep, said: “Ofsted’s Good rating means Merton is judged to be one of the highest-performing children’s services departments in the country. The report and inspection reflects the hard work and commitment of staff across the children’s services department who ensure the child’s voice is heard and responded to. Enabling them to keep our most vulnerable children safe and ensure they receive the right support. Not only is this rating a testament to all our staff, it also reflects the great work that we deliver in partnership through our schools, voluntary sector partners, the police, NHS and of course our parents and carers.”
Chair of Merton Safeguarding Children Board, Keith Makin said: “The board’s Outstanding rating from Ofsted is a testament to the strong links we have made with our partners with whom we work closely to protect children at risk of harm.”
The full Ofsted report can be read here.