Camden’s children’s services rated Good by Ofsted

Today, Ofsted published the results of the inspection of Camden’s children’s services carried out in September and October this year.

Adoption performance, our leadership, management and governance and the Camden Safeguarding Children Board were all rated as outstanding. You can read the report in full here.

The inspection focussed on our social work practice, our early help offer, fostering and adoption, our work with children in care (including their education) and the Camden Safeguarding Children Board.

The watchdog reports: “Leaders and managers in Camden think deeply and creatively about how to continually improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable children and families while ensuring effectively that children at risk are safeguarded.”

Councillor Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life, said:

“In Camden our primary focus is ensuring the safety of our children and young people, and the Ofsted rating confirms that we are achieving this. Our innovative model of social work, and our bold approach of putting the experiences of children and young people at the heart of everything we do, and working with them to improve services, is rightly praised by the inspectors.

“Established partnerships and early intervention enables us to help large numbers of families across Camden when things start to go wrong, providing the right support at the right time, successfully reducing the need for many families to receive ongoing statutory involvement.

“The report recognises the dedication and tenacity of our staff, who regularly go above and beyond for children and families across Camden. The time given to building relationships with children and their families, to understand what they need and how we can help them are key in making sure we achieve the best outcome for every child and their family.”

Dominic Clout, Independent Chair of the Camden Safeguarding Children Board, rated outstanding by Ofsted, added:

"I am really pleased for the Camden partnership. This judgement is testament to their hard work and commitment to keeping Camden children and young people safe from harm. Our challenge now is to build on this outstanding work and go forward together as a partnership and deliver under the new safeguarding framework"