Swindon Council Urged To Improve Children’s Services

Report From Ofsted Identifies Room For Improvement


Some improvements need to be made to children’s services operated by Swindon Council, according to a new report published by Ofsted.

The Swindon Advertiser reports that an inspection earlier this year identified that while no young people were in any immediate danger, there were issues that need to be addressed to ensure the best possible support is provided.

Key areas identified included improving recognition of the signs of exploitation and better management of children’s cases when they are first referred.

In response to the report, the council’s cabinet member for children’s services Fionuala Foley said many of the issues flagged were already under consideration and had been subject to action.

She added: “I am delighted they recognised all the good work being done in the adoption service and the level of leadership we have.”

Expert Opinion
There is undoubtedly a significant spotlight on children’s services at present and this is likely to remain the case for some time, considering the concerns raised by Ofsted’s report into Birmingham’s services which was published in recent weeks.

"It is absolutely vital that the needs and safety of vulnerable members of society always comes first, particularly when it comes to young people who are facing the potential risk of physical or psychological harm.

"Through our work on behalf of abuse victims we see the long-term effects such issues have on them and it is imperative steps are taken to ensure that such problems can be identified at the earliest possible stage."
Luke Daniels, Partner