Ofsted release its latest report on Gloucestershire's Children's Services today, highlighting a number of failing areas including timely mental health provision and employment or education opportunities.


The report also notes that adults facing allegations are being left in positions of trust because of poor case management.  

Commenting on the report, Cllr Colin Hay, spokesperson for Children and Families, said:

“Despite the extraordinary efforts by our dedicated social workers – two and a half years after being placed in special measures, the latest report lays bare how GCC’s Children’s Services continue to fall short in a ‘number of areas’. 

“We frequently hear the Conservatives say ‘it takes a long time to turn this juggernaut around’ – however we mustn’t forget that they first received a poor Ofsted report six years ago, which saw no attempt to redress the situation until placed in special measures.

"The continued failings are not good enough and with just months to go until the follow-up inspection from Ofsted is due, the public will rightly want to know why we’re still not seeing all of the improvements Ofsted expects and our vulnerable children and their families deserve.”

You can read the full Ofsted letter here.

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