Ealing Council’s children’s services praised by Ofsted

Published 27 June 2011

Ealing Council has been praised by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission following a two week inspection into how well the council looks after young people.

A group of children play on a climbing frame

Their report published today, Monday 27 June, found that the council, and its partners in the police, health and community sectors, are performing to either a 'good' or 'outstanding' level in protecting and supporting vulnerable children and in improving the life chances of young people in care.

The inspection covered 22 different areas. The council was judged to be Outstanding in eight areas, including how well it works with the police, health services and other agencies, and Good in all others.

Inspections are carried out every three years. This is the best ever result for the council and compares very well with other councils nationally.

Areas singled out for specific recognition include:

  • The council’s good record of effective early intervention and support leading to fewer children being taken into care
  • Ealing’s policy of actively recruiting, retaining and supporting experienced social workers which has led to more manageable case loads, lower staff turnover and better outcomes for children and families
  • The council’s policy of involving young people in decisions about their own care and in including them in wider policy decisions taken at the council level, such as the annual Youth Mayor election
  • The council’s outstanding work in supporting care leavers and in encouraging young people to be successful when they leave the care system.

Councillor Patricia Walker, cabinet member for Children and Young People said: “This report tells a fantastic story about all of the good work that is happening in Ealing. We take our responsibilities towards vulnerable young people and their families very seriously and I’m pleased our staff’s hard work and dedication has been acknowledged in this way.

“However, we won’t be resting on our laurels. The report also highlights areas where there is room for further improvement and we will be working with our partners to make sure that this happens.”

Read the full inspection report