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DCLG publishes new improvement notices

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The Department for Communities and Local Government has published the children’s services improvement notices issued to two failing councils earlier this year.

Cheshire West & Chester Council and West Sussex CC were both handed the notices back in March following damning “inadequate” safeguarding inspections by watchdog Ofsted last year.

Both notices spell out improvements ministers expect the authorities make and the timeframes for doing so.

Cheshire West and Chester was presented with a range of targets, including developing a system that sets out thresholds for access to children’s social care and staff and partner agencies are aware of it.

It was also told to review the shape and structure of its local children’s safeguarding board.

West Sussex was given a list of more than one dozen areas to improve upon, including improving the quality and responsiveness of assessments.

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