Safeguarding Board: Statement in response to Ofsted report

Published Wednesday, 19th November 2014
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Steve Ashley, Independent Chair of Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, Ofsted statement:

In response to the Ofsted inspection report published today (November 19), Steve Ashley, Independent Chair of Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, said:

"I accept the findings of the Ofsted report published today in their entirety: this is a further example of where collectively agencies could have done better for children, young people and families.

"The Board partners were already aware of  many of the issues raised in the report and are already working hard together to address these. Whilst in the report Ofsted have acknowledged the improvements made since my arrival as Independent Chair and have reported that our direction of travel is positive, I accept that the pace of change needs to be quickened.

"I am working with Board members, the Chief Executive of the Council and the incoming Director of Children's Services to review and strengthen our plans for tackling the failings and shortfalls identified by Ofsted and secure the improvements still needed, with renewed pace and vigour.

"The Corporate Governance Inspection currently being undertaken by Louise Casey and reports from Malcolm Newsam, the Children’s Commissioner, will provide further guidance around what needs to be done and Rotherham’s Improvement Board will help ensure that robust challenge is in place.

“We look forward to working with the strong new leadership and management team in place at Rotherham Council to ensure the well-being and protection of our children and young people in the future."