Chlidren's services good, inspection findsBy Mike Pyle
December 31, 2008
Children's services in the borough are good, according to Government inspectors.
Bracknell Forest Council achieved ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ grades in every aspect of their annual inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).
The annual performance assessment (APA) judges the council’s children’s services and their capacity to improve.
Different aspects of children’s services are graded from one to four, with one being the lowest.
The inspectors’ key findings were:
- Overall effectiveness of children’s services – grade three, good
- Promoting good health – grade three, good
- Promoting safety – grade three, good
- Enjoyment and achievement – grade three, good
- Allowing children to make a contribution to decision-making – grade four, excellent
- Children achieving economic wellbeing – grade three, good
- Capacity to improve – grade three, good
Lesley Heale, director of social care and learning, said: “I am pleased Ofsted inspectors recognised the council is providing good services to children and young people.
“However, despite the positive result, we are not complacent and will continue to monitor and improve services for children.”
Councillor Gareth Barnard, executive member for children’s services, added: “The council works very hard to make sure that children’s services are making a good contribution to the lives and achievements of its residents.”