Ofsted report - July 2019

On Monday 29 July 2019, Ofsted published the findings of a recent inspection into our children's services.

The report in full

Our response

Our Director of Children’s Services Sally Hodges and Cabinet member for Children’s Services Fiona Baker have responded to the report.

Director of Children’s Services Sally Hodges said: “We accept the findings of this Ofsted inspection report entirely. We recognise the failings that inspectors have highlighted and equally have a determination to build on the signs of progress they have identified.

“We welcome the report’s finding that there has been clear progress and improvements made since the focused visit last October. We are also pleased they recognise that we now have in place the right plans to improve our services. The leadership team is determined to do just that as recognised in the report. Children in Northamptonshire deserve nothing less.”

Cabinet member for Children Services Cllr Fiona Baker said: “It is regrettable that our services overall have been graded as inadequate but it is a grading we agree with and we are determined to tackle the weaknesses identified. It is clear from this report that we increasingly have the determination, plans and leadership in place to begin to make real and lasting improvements.

“It is very welcome that the report states we have a good understanding of our own weaknesses and therefore a clear view on what is required to address these.”​