‘Significant improvement’ in West Sussex child protection

MINISTER for children and families, Edward Timpson, has praised the ‘significant improvement’ in child protection social work practices made by West Sussex County Council.

In a letter to council leader, Louise Goldsmith, Mr Timpson congratulated the council on the ‘good progress’ it had made in addressing the issues raised in Ofsted’s 2010 inspection, when the council was rated ‘inadequate’ for children’s safeguarding.

The council has since been inspected again and is now rated as ‘a service that is doing what is required to keep children and young people safe’ – adequate.

The letter went on to say the improvement notice issued to the council following the 2010 inspection had now been lifted.

Peter Evans, county council cabinet member for children, said: “Our staff, managers and members should be praised for the hard work they have put in to make these changes come about.

“This is a great achievement, however, we want to improve further and I know everyone will be working towards an even better outcome when we are next inspected.”

Mr Timpson said the ‘improvement journey’ made by the council should be shared with other local authorities who are facing similar challenges.