praised by government inspectors following one of the first cross cutting
The thematic, cross-department, inspection took place in September last
year and was undertaken by inspectors from the Social Services
Inspectorate, Ofsted (Office For Standards in Education), and the Best
Value Inspection Service (Audit Commission).
Inspectors found that the majority of children in need in the city are well
served by the council and that the services it provides are of a good
quality and likely to improve even further in the future.
The review looked at the council's strategy and philosophy in relation to
children in need and at where the responsibility for being a corporate
parent lies and who contributes to the role.
It also looked at services for disabled children, the pre-school special
needs service, child care legal services and the quality assurance and
performance management unit.
Sue Cooley, Manchester City Council's executive member for
health and social care, said: 'The inspection highlights many of the
strengths of the services the Council provides to children in need and has
already directly resulted in some improvements to services.
'It has also helped to pinpoint those areas where more work needs to be
done to further improve service quality and reinforces once again the
importance of cross-department working within the council to ensure that
the needs of our service users are fully met.
'We are clearly looking to build on our strengths and will continue working
towards achieving high quality, targeted services for children in need,
across all council departments.'
The praise comes on the back of the council's own corporate review of the
services for children in need, which also looked specifically at social,
education and legal services.