Merton children’s services receives one of the highest Ofsted ratings in the country
“Children in Merton benefit from services which are dynamic, ambitious and successful. Exceptional leadership and governance and strong frontline management ensure that children’s services are consistently good. All children receive a good service and some receive an outstanding service.” Report of the Ofsted Inspection of Merton Council children’s services, (August 2017).
Congratulations to all staff who work in Merton’s children's services, who have achieved one of the highest Ofsted inspection ratings - ‘Good’ overall with some aspects rated as ‘Outstanding’ - making Merton one of the top performing children’s services in London and England.
Inspectors rated our Merton Safeguarding Children Board as ‘Outstanding’ making it one of just five in the country to achieve the highest performance rating: “Merton’s Local Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) is outstanding. It is highly effective in holding agencies to account for their individual safeguarding arrangements in the welfare and protection of children.”
In addition, Ofsted rated the following aspects of our services as ‘Outstanding’:
Leadership, management and governance: “Strong partnership and shared accountability are clearly evidenced. The Chief Executive, Lead Member and Director of Children’s Services all have active membership roles [in local strategic partnership thematic boards] which ensures…strategic plans and localised improvement plans are aligned with each other and are overseen by mature and exceptionally strong partnerships.”
Adoption performance: “Adoption performance is outstanding, with all children requiring adoption currently placed and no children waiting. Merton has not had an adoption placement breakdown for over five years.”
And, the remaining judgement areas were all ranked ‘Good’:
Children who need help and protection: “Children are protected through an outstanding early help offer and a robust ‘front door’, to consider which intervention would help them best.... Effective intervention at an early stage is having a positive impact on the number of children who require more specialist support.”
Children looked after and achieving permanence: “Children looked after in Merton receive a consistently good service. The needs of each individual child are known well. Children become looked after at the right time and without unnecessary delay…The role of the corporate parent is well embedded and is taken very seriously.”
Experience and progress of care leavers: “Care leavers do well in Merton. The vast majority are in touch with staff, and determined efforts are made to re-engage with those who are not.”
The inspection outcome represents the commitment of all Children’s Trust organisations across the borough to work together to improve outcomes for our children and families.
Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Katy Neep, said: “The report and inspection reflects the hard work and commitment of staff across the children’s services department who ensure the child’s voice is heard and responded to. Enabling them to keep our most vulnerable children safe and ensure they receive the right support. Not only is this rating a testament to all our staff, it also reflects the great work that we deliver in partnership through our schools, voluntary sector partners, the police, NHS and of course our parents and carers.”
Chair of Merton Safeguarding Children Board, Keith Makin said: “The board’s ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted is a testament to the strong links we have made with our partners with whom we work closely to protect children at risk of harm.”
Read the Report of the Ofsted Inspection of Merton Council children’s services, (August 2017).
If you would like to share a summary of the report with the children, young people and families that you work with see: Ofsted’s report for children and young people.
See also the following articles on Ofsted’s inspection: