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MSCB one of just five in the country to be rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’.

Ofsted MSCBMerton Safeguarding Children’s Board (MSCB) was recently inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspector’s from Ofsted as part of the Single Inspection Framework, and graded as ‘Outstanding’; one of just five local children’s safeguarding boards in the country to achieve the highest performance rating. Report of the Ofsted Inspection of Merton Council children’s services, (August 2017).

We are very pleased and very proud of the MSCB and its partners for their commitment to ensuring that everyone in Merton does all they can to ensure that every child is safe, supported and successful.

Inspectors found that:

“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. The strength and maturity of the board are reflected in the established strategic arrangements and the high level of engagement across the partnership and with other strategic boards.”

The report noted that:

“There is a shared vision to safeguard all Merton children and a sustained and unyielding commitment in driving forward MSCB priorities: Think Family, vulnerable adolescents and early help. The board’s priorities are the result of rigorous analysis of local need and reflect learning from SCRs, LiRs and national issues.”

Whilst the Board is very pleased with this outcome and celebrates what it means for the children and families in Merton and multi-agency practitioners, we are in no way complacent.

Yvette Stanley, the Director of Children, Schools and Families, Councillor Kate Neep, the Lead Member for Children and the Independent Chair of the MSCB note that:

“These judgements are the result of the tenacity, persistence and hard work of leaders and practitioners across the MSCB and Children’s Trust partnerships over many years.

On behalf of the council, the MSCB and the Children’s Trust we would like to thank you all for your contributions past, present and future to making children and young people safer and for your dedication to improving services and outcomes for children and families locally.”

Read the Report of the Ofsted Inspection of Merton Council children’s services, (August 2017).

See also the following main article on Ofsted’s inspection:



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