Children’s Services rated outstanding by Ofsted

We are delighted our Children’s Services have been rated outstanding by Ofsted following a four day inspection in October last year. 

Inspectors highlighted the significant improvements that Achieving for Children (AfC), the council’s children's service provider, had made since the last inspection in 2015 when they received a 'good' rating.

The ‘outstanding’ is testament to the hard work by partners and staff across all the services we provide and reflects the council’s commitment to improving services. 

Some of the highlights of Ofsted’s report included: 

  • Staff and councillors being determined to provide the best possible services

  • Highly skilled staff who take great pride in their work and have a comprehensive understanding of the needs of children and families

  • A strong performance culture, with an equally strong focus on practice and learning

  • Timely and well-targeted support with multi-agency work being well-established

  • Services for children in care and care leavers being impressive

  • Children and young people given every opportunity to flourish and inform service development.

Ian Dodds, Director of Children's Services for Kingston and Richmond Council, said:

"The determination, hard work and ambition to improve - from our skilled and thoughtful practitioners right through to our senior leaders and partners - has led to this result. 

For Ofsted to recognise the progress we have made and the excellence of our services for the most vulnerable children and young people in our borough makes me extremely pleased and incredibly proud.”

There were two main areas for improvement following the inspection. These were the need to regularly review child in need plans with input from professionals and the range of services offered for post-16 employment.

You can read the full report published on 19 December on the Ofsted reports webpage.