An Ofsted letter sent to Gloucestershire County Council on 18th October 2017 has today finally appeared in the public domain.
The letter summarises the findings of the recent monitoring visit to Gloucestershire’s Children's services.
This is the 1st monitoring visit since Gloucestershire County Council was inspected on 27th February to 23rd March 2017 and found to be inadequate in the Ofsted report published on 13th June 2017.
In the latest monitoring visit, Ofsted inspectors saw some recent improvements, but children in need of help and protection in Gloucestershire continue to experience delay at every point of their involvement with children’s services.
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Children & Young People, Cllr. Joe Harris said:
"I’m pleased a monitoring visit from Ofsted has recently taken place and I am now especially pleased that this review is now in the public domain. It has been and continues to be a deeply concerning time for Gloucestershire’s children’s services.
“Improvements are slow, which is very concerning for all those vulnerable children within the care system. It is also extremely troubling to read in the Ofsted letter that “some children remain in situations of unassessed risk too long and others experience chronic neglect or continue to be exposed to risk without effective action being taken to protect them”. These are damning words about a service that is at the frontline of protecting our most vulnerable children in the county.
“Much remains to be done since the inadequate Ofsted inspection report in June and over the last four months, I am saddened with the lack of progress. The Council’s Children’s services still remains ‘inadequate’, which is simply not good enough. Children who need help and protection are still at risk and this is appalling.
“The Tory administration should be disappointed with this letter and needs to get its act together in making the necessary improvements as quickly as possible so vulnerable children receive the support and protection that they deserve.”