Response to Ofsted report of Buckinghamshire Children's Services from Cabinet Member Warren Whyte
In November 2017, Ofsted inspected our Children’s Services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers.
See the below statement in response to the report of their findings published today (29 January 2018).
Cabinet member for Children’s Services, Warren Whyte said: "Today OFSTED published its re-inspection report on the arrangements for children's services in Buckinghamshire where the overall findings remain 'inadequate'.
I am extremely disappointed and concerned with the outcome, and the council fully accepts the findings of the report.
It is clear that some of our services are still not good enough yet and the pace of improvement in some key areas has been too slow. It is our collective responsibility to make sure that we put this right.
It is important that we do not lose sight of the strengths inspectors highlight and the improvements we have already delivered, and our continued commitment to improve. For example, our adoption services in Buckinghamshire which are judged to be Good. In addition they recognised our efforts to recruit social workers and improvements in our multi-agency safeguarding hub.
Above all else, my message to the children and families we support is that we remain resolute and determined to improve.
We are very fortunate in Buckinghamshire to have a committed workforce who understand what we need to do to improve our services and one of our immediate priorities is to guide and support then to improve the services that we offer.”