Child services ‘improve’

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CHILD protection services in Rotherham have ‘significantly improved’, according to a review.

Ofsted’s report graded Rotherham as ‘adequate’ and found many positive improvements had been introduced since 2009, although it was too early to judge their full impact.

Inspectors highlighted good working between Rotherham Council and police to tackle sexual exploitation and workers’ ‘robust response’ to ensure the safety of children at immediate risk.

Social workers had a ‘strong commitment’ to children they work with and there was a ‘good identification’ of concerns.

‘Clear and resilient leadership’ had driven the improvements, the report found, and they were informed by understanding the community’s needs.

Coun Paul Lakin, cabinet member for children, young people and families services, said: “The inspectors have made it clear that we are heading in the right direction and that the changes we have made are starting to have an impact.”

Areas highlighted for continued improvements include reducing caseloads and undertaking multi-agency reviews of long-running serious neglect cases.