Solihull Council is pleased to announce the findings of a recent Ofsted visit which looked at its arrangements for young people leaving care and for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).
The two-day inspection in February found the Council has continued to improve its services for care leavers and UASC.
In the formal published letter, inspectors highlighted how social workers and personal advisers work well with young people to help them prepare for independence. They also commented on how there is a focus on education, employment and training, with performance in this area above the England average. Furthermore, leadership and management were well recognised, which has enabled positive outcomes to be achieved for young people.
In addition to this recent Ofsted visit, the Council has also invited two separate reviews of its Children’s Services. These have included a peer review of services for children affected by sexual exploitation, and a ’mocksted’ examination of children’s social work services following the formal Ofsted inspection in 2016. Both reviews were carried out by highly regarded and experienced professionals within the sector and had very positive findings.
Councillor Ken Meeson, Cabinet Member for Children, Education & Skills, said: “We are really pleased with the outcome of Ofsted’s recent visit and are glad that they recognise our vulnerable children and young people are safe and supported.
“All three pieces of examination give us a helpful view on the quality of our services and have shown significant improvements, which we are all extremely proud of. However, we are not complacent and we know that there are some areas we need to develop further.
“We will continue to improve and build on our success to deliver outstanding services for children and young people in Solihull.”
View the Ofsted letter here.