CHILDREN'S SERVICE EARN 'GOOD' RATING
The Isles of Scilly Council's Children’s Services have been given a 'Good' rating by Ofsted.
The rating puts them in the top 25% highest performing Local Authorities in the country.
The inspection, which concentrated on the practice and effectiveness of children’s social care on the islands, was carried out by a three-person team in April.
The report read: 'Children who require the involvement of children’s services, from early help to specialist support, receive a consistently good service.'
Over a period of three weeks, the inspectors observed and talked to social workers and their managers, sought feedback from children, young people and parents, and met with the Council’s partners and other professionals.
The council was inspected under the new rigorous Single Inspection Framework. Over 73% of local authority children’s services visited under the same system had been rated overall as Inadequate or Requires Improvement.
Council Chairman Amanda Martin said: "Achieving an Ofsted rating of Good is a significant achievement for any Local Authority.
"It is a testament to the dedication of our staff, elected members and partners that we are able to provide such high quality services in a geographically isolated setting.
"Most importantly this is good for the children of the Isles of Scilly."