Ofsted's monitoring visit to West Sussex Children’s Services

Ofsted report that Children’s Services continues to make steady progress


Released: 12 October 2021

The report which can be read on Ofsted's website follows the monitoring visit which took place on 7 and 8 September 2021.

The visit was focused on how social work practice is improving the lives of children with disabilities alongside how decisions are made, oversight by managers and the capacity of social workers to provide help and support.

The key findings from the report were:

  • The support that children with disabilities receive has improved since the Ofsted focused visit in October 2020.
  • The commitment of the senior leadership team in maintaining a clear focus on improving the experiences of disabled children.
  • Social workers know the children they work with well.
  • The voice of the child is being heard and listened to.
  • There is more work to do to improve the consistency of help and support offered to disabled children

Jacquie Russell, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Ensuring our children and young people with disabilities receive the help and support they need is critical. Ofsted highlight improvements made in this area of the service and the difference we are making to our disabled children and young people which is encouraging to see.

“The report identifies areas where we need to do further work to improve the quality and consistency of our practice. These areas are being addressed as part of our development plan and our ongoing improvement journey.

“I would like to thank all our children, families and staff teams who met with colleagues from Ofsted. We will continue to work together as we strive to provide the best service to our children and families.”

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