Rotherham council children’s services: direction to improve

Direction issued by DfE to Rotherham council to improve performance in children’s social care services.



Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan writes to Rotherham metropolitan borough council with an accompanying direction. The direction requires the council to co-operate with a commissioner appointed to investigate and address the failings identified by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw.

DfE issued the direction on 10 October 2014 following consultation with the council. The draft direction issued on 7 October 2014 is available for reference.

Sir Michael’s advice note, expressing concerns about the adequacy of Rotherham council’s children’s social care services, is also available.

The report ‘Independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013)’ is available on the Rotherham metropolitan borough council website.

Published 7 October 2014
Last updated 10 October 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added copy of the final direction and accompanying letter from the Secretary of State.
  2. First published.