A damning OFSTED report has been published today after a visit and inspection of Northamptonshire’s Children’s Services in October. The report details how overall, Children’s Services have declined since the previous inspection in 2016.
You can read a summary letter from OFSTED by clicking here, and Labour’s response from Councillor Bob Scott (Leader of the Labour Group on Northamptonshire County Council) is below.
The OFSTED report on Children’s Services drags us back two years or more. NCC spent well very £80m extra over four years just to get from inadequate to requiring improvement and that was by the skin of their teeth. Now we hear that in January over 500 cases were unallocated to social workers. This has been now reduced to between 200-300 but remains! Inspectors found that there was no evidence of risks being identified, managed or robustly reviewed – poor resources and poor senior management has left children at potential risk of harm!
Social workers said they were ‘overwhelmed and drowning’. The Council have been overspending in this area but are still not getting good results. We cannot allow this persistent mismanagement to be at the expense of our vulnerable children in Northamptonshire.