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Council’s Children Services rated “outstanding”

Council’s Children Services rated “outstanding”

The Council’s Children’s Services have become the first in the Midlands to transform services from “requires improvement to be good” to “outstanding”.

The landmark rating follows a rigorous three week inspection by Ofsted during January – and council leader Councillor Shaun Davies hailed it as a “massive external validation” of the council’s services.

“I am absolutely delighted that our teams have secured an outstanding judgement from Ofsted,” said Councillor Davies.

“This really is a remarkable result for our teams, our social workers, the community and children and young people of Telford and Wrekin"

“Being judged outstanding puts us in the top performing councils in the UK and supports our approach and I am very proud of all the staff who have worked so hard to achieve this,” added Councillor Davies.

“We have been ruthless in making sure we are improving our services but we are not going to rest on our laurels here.

“We are ambitious and aspirational for the future and we want to further build on our outstanding and nationally recognised practice.”

Lorna Fitzjohn, Ofsted’s Regional Director for the West Midlands, said: “Children in Telford and Wrekin benefit from high quality social work and an impressive range of specialist services that improve their well-being and help to protect them from harm.

“Children are valued and receive child-focused services tailored to their individual needs. Children are listened to and their experiences are well understood and inform planning to improve their lives.

“Corporate parenting is exceptionally strong. Children are cared for and they are cared about.”

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