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Surrey have been criticised for some time about children's services

March 11, 2022 9:22 AM

Spelthorne Liberal Democrats Ofsted's verdict on Surrey County Council Children Services (pch.vector at pixabay.com)Ofsted verdict: "Requires improvement to be good"

Ofsted have published their latest inspection report into Surrey County Council's children's services and rated the Council's service as one that 'requires improvement to be good'

The report notes that "Services are no longer inadequate, but despite accelerated improvements since 2018, overall progress has been slow since services were first judged inadequate in 2015."

This latest inspection has shown that Surrey's services for children and families have improved since the 2018 inspection, but that they are still below the standard they should be and 'require improvement to be good'.

Lib Dem Group Leader on Surrey County Council, Will Forster, said:

"The Lib Dems and I congratulate the Council's hardworking staff on improving services for children and families since the last Ofsted inspection. However, this latest report still makes tough reading as Surrey County Council has made painfully slow progress at improving services to vulnerable children."

"The County Council needs to do better as children in Surrey deserve better. There are too many inconsistencies in the services the Council delivers which mean that some children are falling through the cracks and not getting the help they need when they need it."

Lib Dem Deputy Group Leader on Surrey County Council, Fiona White, added:

"I welcome the finding that there have been improvements to Surrey's children's services since the last inspection in 2018. However, it is disappointing that the Council still requires improvement to be good in six keys areas of the inspection. I am not surprised at the finding as it is clear from my casework that a lot of work still needs to be done to bring the service up to an acceptable standard. We should never forget that every child who does not get the care they need is a child that Surrey County Council has failed".

Ofsted outlined six key areas the County Council needs to improve, namely:

Please read the full Ofsted report here: 50178857 (ofsted.gov.uk)