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Ofsted publishes data for children's social care in England 2015

Ofsted publishes state of the nation statistical picture of children’s social care provision.

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Today (13 August 2015) Ofsted has published data for children’s social care in England 2015. The data incorporates the latest inspection grade for 2,787 active children’s social care providers and 59 local authority children’s services departments. This is the first time all Ofsted’s social care inspection statistics have been published together in one bulletin.

The data covers:

  • inspection outcomes for local authority children’s services inspections, published by 30 June 2015
  • inspection outcomes for all regulated, and other, children’s social care provision, 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015
  • information about the providers of children’s social care, including the numbers of providers and places, as at 31 March 2015

Matthew Coffey, Ofsted’s Chief Operating Officer said:

This overview of the performance of social care services for children and young people further reinforces the findings of Ofsted’s social care annual report, published earlier this year. We are seeing a children’s services sector in transition, with some, but not yet enough, local authorities demonstrating they are working in a more child centred way.

The 14 local authorities judged to be ‘good’ have shown they are putting the outcomes of children at the heart of their decision-making and practice. These areas demonstrate what can be done, and we urge other authorities to learn from their example.

The quality of children’s homes has also fallen, which is cause for concern given the vulnerabilities of the children and young people they support. Ofsted will be closely monitoring the performance of the sector, bolstered by a new inspection framework, which explicitly focuses on the progress and experiences of children and young people.

Children’s social care in England 2015 is on GOV.UK.

Published 13 August 2015