Achieving for Children

Ofsted outstanding for Kingston children’s services

Ofsted has rated our provision of children’s services in Kingston as outstanding, following an inspection in October 2019.

Inspectors commented on the significant improvements that we have made since the last inspection in 2015 when they received a ‘good’ rating.

The four day inspection took place between 21 and 25 October, when inspectors visited various services including Early Help, Referral and Assessment, Child Protection, Children Looked After and Youth Resilience.

Under the new framework, services are rated against four key areas: AfC scored outstanding for their overall effectiveness, impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families as well as the experiences and progress of children in care. A ‘good’ rating was given for the experiences and progress of children who need help and protection.

Ian Dodds, our Managing Director said: “I’m delighted we have achieved the highest possible rating from Ofsted for our children’s services in Kingston. The determination, hard work and ambition to improve – from our skilled and thoughtful practitioners right through to our senior leaders and partners – has led to this result. For Ofsted to recognise the progress we have made and the excellence of our services for the most vulnerable children and young people in our borough makes me extremely pleased and incredibly proud.”

A full copy of the Ofsted report can be found on the Ofsted website.

19 December 2019