Children’s services and safeguarding in Lincolnshire earn second best Ofsted rating in country

Lincolnshire County Council.
Lincolnshire County Council.

Lincolnshire County Council’s Children’s Services and the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board are providing good, effective, timely support for children and families, say Ofsted.

The latest Ofsted report saw Lincolnshire receive the second best rating in the country since inspections became more stringent last year.

The inspection findings confirmed that children, young people and their families in Lincolnshire are supported with the right services at the right time.

Executive councillor for Children’s Services, Coun Patricia Bradwell, said: “I am pleased but not surprised by this report. The findings match our own knowledge about council’s children’s services. However, we’re always learning and continuously reviewing our services, to ensure we are aware of our strengths and our weaknesses.

“I’d like to thank our staff, who show real dedication and commitment to their work every day to support children and families. Thanks also to our partners who have prioritised the safeguarding of children and invested in this important work.”

The report rated adoption services in the county as outstanding, highlighting that children are adopted quicker than the national average, and are well prepared and supported when joining new families.

Children’s safeguarding in Lincolnshire was rated ‘good’, which the report said was underpinned by effective governance and strong partnerships.

Director of Children’s Services, Debbie Barnes, added: “Although we are delighted to have been rated as ‘good’, we can’t be complacent and are always looking at areas where we can improve. It’s important for children and families that through programmes such as Young Inspectors and our own improvement programmes, we continue to assess our own services to make sure they are effective and provide the right support.”

Chair of the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board, Chris Cook, said: “I’m pleased to see the report has confirmed that the health and safety of children and young people in Lincolnshire is a high priority and the effective support we give reflects this. Protecting those who are most vulnerable is never easy, but strong partnerships between all the agencies and robust governance and management means that services are making a difference in keeping children safe.”