Barnet children’s services: Ofsted give ‘good’ grade and praise improvements of last 2 years

Hendon Town Hall, Barnet Council's HQ

Hendon Town Hall, Barnet Council's HQ - Credit: Archant

Two years after a damning Ofsted report said there were “widespread and serious failures” in Barnet Council’s children’s services, a follow-up has praised them as “much-improved”.

The new Ofsted report comes after a number of monitoring visits and sees the council given a 'good' grade in all four criteria - covering leadership, the experiences of children who need protection and of those in or leaving care, and overall effectiveness.

The shock 2017 report had seen a 'inadequate' grade given.

But the new report from the inspectors reads: "Leaders and managers have made purposeful progress, at pace, to establish a child-focused service that is delivering good outcomes."

Cllr David Longstaff - the deputy leader of the council and chair of its children, education and safeguarding committee - said: "This is testament to the sheer hard work that has been put in by staff to deliver services that our children and young people deserve.

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"The key thing now is to continue the hard work and build on this positive momentum."

The full report can be read here.

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