An inspection of children’s services in Waltham Forest has found that the standard is ‘Good’ overall, with an ‘Outstanding’ rating for the impact of senior leaders and managers on social work practice with children and families.
The inspection, which took place in January and February this year, saw a team of inspectors visit the borough and speak with council staff, partners, and service users to assess the services offered. Inspectors found the services had improved significantly since the last inspection in 2015, when they were rated as ‘Requires Improvement’.
The final report praises the council’s leaders for making “strong progress to establish a resilient, sustainable and child-focused service […]underpinned by strong, effective political and corporate support.” The council and its partners share a “clear, ambitious vision and core values” and “multi-agency working is well developed and contributes to achieving good outcomes for children.”
Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “I am proud of the incredible progress we have made. This inspection shows the children’s services workforce in Waltham Forest make a real difference in the lives of our young people. It’s testament to the hard work and dedication of partners and the community working with parents, carers, and children to support them in achieving good outcomes.
“Children services staff often fail to get the huge credit they deserve but they are essential to supporting the most vulnerable children in our society. This report shows the hard work and fundamental progress all agencies have made over recent years, to ensure our children are not only safe but that they have the support and confidence they need to thrive.
“I am proud to lead Waltham Forest Council as we educate and grow the leaders of tomorrow.”