Brent Council’s service for vulnerable children ‘requires improvement’

Local Safeguarding Children Board at Brent Council 'requires improvement'

Local Safeguarding Children Board at Brent Council 'requires improvement' - Credit: Archant

The council’s service that looks after the borough’s most vulnerable children has been told it requires improvement following an inspection by an education watchdog.

Ofsted announced the damning grade for the town hall’s Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) in a report published on Monday.

LSCB looks after children in need of help and protection, those in care and young people who have left care (usually at the age of 16).

The 40-page dossier provides a breakdown of all aspects of its inspections including five key categories of the department.

According to the report four required improvement – children who need help and protection, children looked after and achieving permanence, experiences and progress of care leavers; and leadership, management and governance.

The council’s adoption performance was rated as good.

Ofsted found that practice and outcomes, whilst good in several areas, were not consistently good across all of our services.

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However, inspectors also highlighted strengths in the borough’s service including its improved work around child Sexual exploitation and prevention, strong adoption work and its well-integrated early help.

According to the council their own self-assessment of the services agreed with the Ofsted rating.

Cllr Ruth Moher, Brent Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We are far from complacent, and are committed to the journey to move onwards and upwards from this ‘requires improvement’ category towards ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’.”

To read the full report click here.