Search

Haringey’s children’s services ‘requires improvement’, says Ofsted

11:08 18 July 2014

Haringey

Haringey's children's services were found to require improvement by Ofsted.

Archant

Haringey’s children services “requires improvement” - but independent inspectors have said there are “no widespread or serious failures” which leave children “harmed or at serious risk of harm”.

Cllr Ann Waters - cabinet member for children - says the council is embracing the recommendations laid out in the report.Cllr Ann Waters - cabinet member for children - says the council is embracing the recommendations laid out in the report.

Haringey was told it requires improvement across the board in an Ofsted report, published on Friday morning.

However, inspectors did find evidence of improvement within children’s services, and found nothing to raise any serious alarm bells.

Indeed, the report puts the borough in line with the three other London councils inspected under Ofsted’s new framework this year: Bexley, Barking and Dagenham and Hounslow were all told their services “required improvement”.

Ofsted spent 17 days in May and June thoroughly inspecting every aspect of the service, which deals with children in need of help and protection, “looked-after” children and care leavers.

It found Haringey was failing to reach the expected level in several areas - including noting that some children referred to the service for chronic neglect “may not always receive timely or thorough assessment” and that strategy discussions do not routinely invole agencies other than social services and the police.

Inspectors also consider the quality of the in-house fostering system is “under-developed”, as are the long-term plans for some looked-after children - which means, for example, they may “experience more placements, because opportunities are missed to place them early with the foster families that will go on to adopt them”.

For those leaving care, the report notes that, while there are differences in the quality of plans - for example, some not knowing what financial support they are entitled to - aspirations and support for them going into higher education are a “strong feature” of the service. There are 65 care leavers at university and 106 in further education.

Inspectors were also positive about the leadership, which it says has a strong understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of children’s services, and what needs to be done in future.

“Swift action” is taken when a child is thought to be at risk, it says, the majority of casework is good quality, and children have “sustained and meaningful relationships with their social workers”.

Inspectors noted 17 areas where they believe improvements could be made - which Cllr Ann Waters, cabinet member for children, says are being taken on “wholeheartedly”.

“We’re pleased that the inspectors highlighted a number of examples of good practice at Haringey, and that their report recognises many of the improvements already made in our children’s services,” she said.

“We wholeheartedly take on board the recommendations made by the inspectors. Work is already underway on many areas for development and a detailed action plan to address the inspectors’ recommendations is being produced.

“We are committed to delivering the further change that is needed to make Haringey’s children’s services amongst the best in the country.”

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

16:45
Heathside Preparatory School pupils and parents protest against the redevelopment of New End nurses' hostel. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Schoolchildren armed with signs and T-shirts emblazoned with protest slogans staged an impromptu demonstration against luxury flats plans to highlight the threat to a so-called “king among trees”.

16:05
Cllr Theo Blackwell.

Camden’s Labour administration has backed George Osborne’s stamp duty reforms, introduced as part of the government’s Autumn Statement.

Charlotte Roach, former professional triathlete, member of Hampstead Ladies Rugby Club, and co-founder of Rabble alternative sports club

Charlotte Roach, 26, of Lissenden Gardens in Gospel Oak, was a professional triathlete training for the 2012 Olympics until she was hit by a Land Rover and almost died. Now, back to full health, she has co-founded Rabble, an alternative sports club with a mission to make exercise fun. She is also a member of Hampstead Ladies Rugby Club

13:35
The suspect white BMW is captured on CCTV turning off Hornsey High Street into the car park of Greig City Academy.

Police investigating the attempted abduction of two teenage pupils have made an arrest.

Most read news

Cook congratulates employees on one of the biggest year’s in Apple’s history.

A Gogglebox family will have to keep their comments about the week’s TV to themselves from now on.

The online encyclopaedia created a special video showing how the year’s event are linked.

People are divided and it’s definitely following a pattern.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition