Good rating for Lincolnshire children’s services

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Services for children and families in Lincolnshire are providing good, effective and timely support.

That’s the message from the recent Ofsted report into the Lincolnshire County Council’s Children’s Services and the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board. Lincolnshire’s is the second best Ofsted rating in the country since inspections became more stringent last year.

The inspection findings confirmed that children, young people and their families in the county are supported with the right services at the right time.

Executive councillor for children’s services Patricia Bradwell said: “I am pleased but not surprised by this report. The findings match our own knowledge about council’s children’s services. However, we’re always learning and continuously reviewing our services, to ensure we are aware of our strengths and our weaknesses.

“I’d like to thank our staff, who show real dedication and commitment to their work every day to support children and families. Thanks also to our partners who have prioritised the safeguarding of children and invested in this important work.”

The report highlighted adoption services as outstanding:

· the county council successful in ensuring timely adoption for children, when this is in the best interests of the child

· children are adopted quicker than the national average

· they are well prepared for their new families and offered effective adoption support.

Safeguarding is rated ‘good’ and seen as a clear key priority for the Lincolnshire Children Safeguarding Board and Children’s Services:

· underpinned by effective governance and strong partnerships

· early help and social work assessments are strong and help is provided quickly

· where necessary, timely strategy discussions take place and always include the police, health and social care

· decisions made are safe and appropriate

· the authority engages well with children in direct work and in child protection conferences.