Ofsted urges councils to follow London tri-borough’s lead

29 Mar 16

Ofsted has singled out the west London tri-borough for its excellent children’s services.

The watchdog has given its top ‘outstanding’ rating to the boroughs of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea, while the third borough in the partnership – Hammersmith & Fulham – has been rated ‘good’.

Inspectors highlighted out exemplary leadership and high quality social work as factors behind the boroughs’ success.

Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw said: “The tri-borough partnership has shown what can be achieved with strong political will and an ambition that only the best services will do for vulnerable children and young people. These inspections clearly show the difference that excellent leadership and social work practice makes to the lives of children and their families.

“These areas show what can be done. If they can do it – others must follow their lead.”

Mike Sheridan, Ofsted’s regional director for London, also urged other councils to learn from the tri-borough’s example.

“I am incredibly impressed with the quality of leadership and social work in the tri-borough. They have shown what is possible when talented leaders and professionals are ambitious for vulnerable young people and their families,” he added.

The three boroughs are the first to be judged under Ofsted’s new single inspection framework.

  • Vivienne Russell

    Vivienne Russell is managing editor of Public Finance magazine and publicfinance.co.uk

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