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An inspect in York into child abuse and neglect

York council

3:35pm 15th December 2010

Ofsted has today published its report following the recent unannounced inspection of the City's Children's Social Care and Early Intervention Services.

The inspection looked at how York responds to concerns for vulnerable children who may be suffering abuse and neglect. The inspection team undertook spot checks on social workers case files, looked at how workers are supervised, and observed staff as they worked.

The Ofsted inspectors found that vulnerable children in York benefit from robust early intervention services which have led to fewer referrals and a more effective and responsive use of services. They said social work assessments of cases are good quality, cases are responded to quickly, York's out-of-hours service is very good and social workers have good training and support.

A culture of continuous improvement was identified and the inspectors recognise that services in York are delivered by an experienced and well-qualified workforce with active support and involvement from senior managers. Working in close partnership with children, their families and other professionals emerged as a key feature of York's effective approach to protecting vulnerable children.

Arrangements to support children with disabilities were amongst several features highlighted for particular praise.

Eoin Rush, City of York Council's Assistant Director of Children's Specialist Services said:

"We are pleased with the findings of this inspection. Every day our staff face and respond to concerns for children and young people in the city and make important judgements in often difficult circumstances."

"The outcome of this inspection is a testament to our highly-committed and skilful staff who work to protect and improve the outcomes for some of the most vulnerable children and young people in York."

The report will contribute to the annual review of the performance of the authority's children's services as a whole, for which Ofsted will award a rating later next year.

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