Following a two-week inspection in December, inspectors have identified that Blackpool Council provides ‘good’ services for children in care and care leavers, with an overall classification of Requires Improvement.
Since the 2018 inspection deemed the service inadequate, the team has worked tirelessly to address the challenges identified. A robust improvement plan has been delivered, facilitated by a £4m investment by the Council resulting in the recruitment of more than 100 qualified social workers.
Inspectors credited strong, capable and determined leadership for driving the improvements which include:
- Direct work with children is now a strength, children are well supported by social workers who understand their experiences.
- Children at risk of exploitation, or who present as homeless, receive an excellent service.
- Permanence for children in care is pursued and secured quickly so that children have a sense of security, stability and belonging.
- Care leavers are now very well supported.
- Core social work practice has been strengthened across each part of the service.
- Social workers know their children well.
- Staff and partnerships are re-energised and share a collective ambition to provide high-quality services.
- Social workers are proud to work for Blackpool, feel safe, valued and listened to.
Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council, said:
Victoria Gent, Director of Children’s Services, said:
The full report can be read here - 50206631 (ofsted.gov.uk)