Ofsted inspectors praise council for strengthening Children's Services

Stockport Council has been praised by government inspectors after ‘strengthening its services for children who need help and protection’.

The Ofsted ‘focused visit’ took place over two days last month (February) and found that Stockport Council has (amongst others):

  • A tightly organised and well-functioning missing from home system
  • A well managed First Response service
  • Social workers’ are sensitive and give a thorough analysis of each family and child’s situation
  • Senior leaders have a well-developed and varied approach to data analysis, audits, staff consultation, dip sampling and practice weeks
  • A strong and well-understood early help offer

The visit was not a full Ofsted inspection but was a follow-up to the last full visit from inspectors in July 2017 – where Stockport was judged to be good, and it’s adoption services judged to be outstanding.

The two-day visit included case discussions with social workers and other staff from the multi-agency support and safeguarding hub (MASSH). The Council’s performance management, quality assurance information and children’s case records were also evaluated.

Councillor Colin Foster, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “This is very welcome news that highlights the positive journey we’ve been on since the 2017 inspection.

“We’re delighted to see that Ofsted recognised our many areas of strength and evidence of high-quality practice, as well as recognising the commitment of our staff and the quality of their work.
“The focused visit from Ofsted has been a great opportunity for further learning and development, and as always, we welcome this external scrutiny in order to continue improving our services for children in Stockport.”

For more information about services for children and families, please visit the Stockport Family pages.