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Ofsted praise for Wandsworth’s child protection practices

  • February 9, 2024
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Ofsted praise for Wandsworth’s child protection practices

Wandsworth Council has been praised for its efforts to protect children and support families following a recent inspection from Ofsted. The mature and ‘purposeful’ relationships with community partners, ‘dedicated and caring’ workers, as well as a well-developed social work practice were highlighted as reasons why young people’s safety needs are being met in the borough.

Inspectors looked at the borough’s ‘front door’ arrangements for children at risk, its emergency responses to other child safety and well-being concerns and its support for teenagers who have become homeless.

The Ofsted report praised the decision-making processes in the relevant teams and the speed and proportionality with which action was taken in response to child safety, saying: “Children receive help that is proportionate, timely and reflective of their presenting needs and the level of risk.”

“Overall, decision-making and the response to contacts and referrals at the front door are strong,” The inspectors concluded. “Information shared between professionals is clear and accurate, supporting a good understanding of need, risk and children’s lived experiences and progress.”

The council welcomed this news. “I am proud of the hard work being done in Wandsworth to keep children safe,” Kate Stock, Wandsworth’s Cabinet Member for Children said. “It is arguably the most important job we have as an organisation and this independent assessment of our performance is heartening to read.

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