Ofsted praises Achieving for Children following two day inspection
Achieving for Children and Kingston Council have been praised by Ofsted inspectors in a letter published today, following a two day focused visit in March looking at services to protect vulnerable adolescents.
During their visit, inspectors looked at how AfC, which provides these services on behalf of the Council, protects young people from sexual and criminal exploitation, gang involvement, missing children, radicalisation, trafficking and modern slavery. Following the visit – which included case discussions with social workers, meetings with senior managers and an audit of recent case records – the inspectors found that AfC provides effective support and protection for vulnerable adolescents in the borough.
The inspectors commented that young people benefit from strong relationships with skilled social workers and from specialist, accessible and well-resourced help – highlighting AfC’s innovative Youth Resilience Service as a real strength. Inspectors said social workers and other professionals had a comprehensive understanding of the range of risks which young people encounter and take appropriate action to reduce those risks. They also acknowledged that AfC professionals knew their young people well, and that the young people benefited from these positive relationships.
The inspectors did suggest areas for improvements, including the education arrangements for vulnerable adolescents, how visits and safety plans were written up to capture and minimise risks and the need to consider impact for children and young people better.
Under Ofsted’s inspection framework, all local authorities receive a focused visit. The new approach allows Ofsted to prioritise inspection where it is most needed and instead of a graded judgement at the end of the visit, it publishes a letter to the local authority which sets out strengths and areas for improvement.
11 April 2019