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27 January 2011, 16:21 | Updated: 10 February 2011, 14:30
Buckinghamshire's services for safeguarding of children and looked-after children judged 'Good' by Ofsted
An Ofsted inspection which judges both the quality of the safeguarding of children and young people and quality of provision for looked-after children in Buckinghamshire, has judged the County to be “good”.
The two main findings of the Ofsted inspection report, published on Monday, January 24, are that the overall effectiveness of services in Buckinghamshire in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is “good”; and that the local authority’s capacity for improvement is also “good”. The report also found that statutory requirements are met well; that the local authority works well with partners to improve outcomes for children and young people through their safeguarding and child protection work; and that prompt action is taken to safeguard children in need of protection.
Lin Hazell, Buckinghamshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Safeguarding - Children and Young People, said: "This inspection looked at the effectiveness of Buckinghamshire’s children and young people's services to safeguard and protect vulnerable children, and to help children in care have a good start in life. This includes the work of our partners in health, police, schools and the voluntary sector.
“We are very pleased to see the positive report from Ofsted and there is much in the report that everyone working in these services should feel very proud of. That said, we can’t ever be complacent when it comes to safeguarding our children and young people. We are absolutely committed to continuously improving services and we have already started work to address the small number of areas for improvement identified by the inspectors, to help achieve our aim of excellent services for children in Buckinghamshire.”