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London borough's children's services improve to 'outstanding'

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Ofsted has found Bexley LBC’s children’s social care services have improved to ‘outstanding’ four years after the council received a ‘requires improvement’ rating.

A report published yesterday following an inspection last month said services have developed significantly since 2014 due to leaders and senior managers providing “inspirational leadership”.

Inspectors found a “highly effective” whole-system working between partner organisations is committed to building “safety networks around children and families”.

A combination of “creative direct work and high-quality assessments” undertaken by “skilled, stable and well-supported workforce” has led to “dynamic and proportionate plans and interventions”, the report said.

It added: “Children’s views routinely inform assessments, support and safety plans. This makes a positive difference to improving their circumstances.”

Bexley’s director of children’s services Jacky Tiotto said: “I would like to thank all our practitioners, managers and leaders who come to work every day to try and make a difference to someone’s life. I know they are so proud of this inspection result and I hope each and every one of them stays with us so that we can continue to do all we can to help children, their families and carers to enjoy their lives together.

“There is a special ‘thank you’ I must make to the director of children’s services in Essex [CC], Helen Lincoln, who has supported and guided me over the three years we have been working to be the best we can be.”

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