Barnet Children's Services OFSTED Rating

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you share my disappointment that Barnet Council's Children's Services received a "requires improvement" rating from OFSTED? Do you agree with me that vulnerable children in Barnet deserve better?


Answer for Barnet Children's Services OFSTED Rating

Answer for Barnet Children's Services OFSTED Rating

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All London's children deserve high quality social care, especially when vulnerable or having additional needs. I am sure that Barnet leaders and senior managers will regard this inspection grade as the catalyst of a needed improvement journey for their children's services. In Ofsted's last published report on children's social care inspections half of London boroughs were inspected. While two London boroughs received the only outstanding inspections in the country, there were still nine boroughs requiring improvement to be good. Clearly this is in the context of the significant budgetary challenges faced by many London local authorities in their social care provision coupled with high levels of need.