Response to Ofsted report on children's social care

By on 15/10/2013 in News

Birmingham City Council’s response to Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments in his annual national report on the state of children’s social care:

“We are already on record as saying that we have failed to meet the basic expectation of keeping vulnerable children in this city safe. This is a long-standing problem which we acknowledge and the leader has said that improving children’s services is his number one priority.

“Following changes made to the leadership of the service in June 2013 we know more about what needs to be done, and how different our work needs to be to protect children.

“Our new director of children’s services was in the audience listening to Sir Michael’s speech. He welcomes, as does the council, positive dialogue about how we and our partners across the city can improve.

“We also welcome an Ofsted review scheduled for November which will rightly subject our improvement plan to rigorous tests. What we don’t need, however, is simply a repetition of our failings without any proposed solutions.

“While we can only agree with the seriousness of what Sir Michael has said with regard to children’s services – indeed we have said it ourselves – we now need improvement rather than further diagnosis lacking any offer of solutions. We must work with Ofsted on this and we repeat our determination to improve the safety of children in this city as the highest priority for this council.”

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