Select committee launch inquiry to improve children’s social care in Bucks in response to Ofsted report
In response to the recent Ofsted report, the Education, Skills and Children’s Select Committee of Buckinghamshire County Council has launched an in-depth inquiry to review the improvement plans for Buckinghamshire’s County Council’s Children’s Services.
As part of the review, the inquiry which will run until Spring 2015, will examine evidence from a wide range of expert witnesses including those from other local authorities and local partner agencies.
At the first meeting which took place on Wednesday 24th September 2014 the cross-party committee will consider the council’s draft improvement plan for Children’s Services.
The Council is required to submit improvement plans for children’s safeguarding and for the Buckinghamshire safeguarding children’s board to Ofsted within 70 days of the publication of the report.
The draft plans are currently being developed for approval by the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Angela Macpherson and submission to Ofsted.
At its meeting on 7th October 2014 the committee will interview the interim strategic and service directors’ for children and young people.
Chairman of the committee, Valerie Letheren, said: ‘Making sure the recommendations identified by both the Task and Finish Group and Ofsted are addressed fully is a top priority for us, as it is for the County Council and the local partnership. All of us were very disappointed about the Ofsted inspection result, and we in the select committee will be playing a very important part in the improvement plan which the Cabinet Member, Angela Macpherson is already working on, to get this right and make sure that we go back to being good. We’re not the only authority that this has happened to under the new harsher Ofsted regime, but we’re going to be one of the first to get out of it.‘