Havering Council’s Children’s Services is seeking to boost its Ofsted rating and has outlined plans to make improvements to the services it delivers.
At this week’s Cabinet meeting, Havering Council agreed to invest an extra £750,000 in an ambitious improvement programme to be delivered over a two-year period.
The extra money will tackle the recommendations made by Ofsted in June 2018, following an inspection earlier in the year.
The Cocoon, the care leavers hub launched in October 2017 to provide support services such as education, health and housing for young people, was described as ‘highly impressive’.
In October 2018, the service was visited by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, who said she was keen to see it after inspectors said how impressed they were with the service.
Overall, Ofsted inspectors recorded the following.
- Impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families – good
- Experiences and progress of children who need help and protection – requires improvement
- Experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers – good
The improvement plan will focus on seven key areas including the transition from care to adulthood, risk assessments and support for children returning home from care and adolescent safeguarding.