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MANCHESTER'S SERVICES FOR CHILDREN IN NEED PRAISED BY GOVERNMENT INSPECTORS

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Services provided by Manchester City Council for children in need have been ...
Services provided by Manchester City Council for children in need have been

praised by government inspectors following one of the first cross cutting

inspections of local authority services in the country.

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.

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