Ofsted monitoring visit causes council to set up arms-length children services company

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In the wake of an Ofsted monitoring visit, Worcestershire council will hand over the running of its children’s services. The Department for Education (DfE) has ordered the council to set up the company, after the Ofsted visit resulted in more concerns of the council.

Despite Ofsted finding areas of improvement in their visit, inspectors found instances of poor oversight where delays had not been challenged. Children’s plans were found not to be always focused on their needs.

This follows the likes of Slough, Doncaster, Sunderland and Birmingham councils, who have also had to hand over the running of their children’s services to another company.

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