Ofsted's Assessment of Brent's services for children in need of help and protection, looked after children and care leavers, the Corporate Parenting Committee and the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
Ofsted has now published their latest inspection of a range of outcomes provided across Brent.
Their overall conclusion was that Brent 'requires improvement' - entirely in line with the council's own self-assessment.
Ofsted found that practice and outcomes, whilst good in several areas, were not consistently good across all of our services.
The Ofsted inspectors agreed with Brent's own view that the council is on a trajectory of improvement and acknowledged its confidence in its ambition to achieve the best outcomes for Brent children and young people.
They also highlighted many strengths in our services, including:
- increasing use and impact of Signs of Safety on outcomes for children and young people
- improvements in Children With Disabilities and Transitions since the last inspection
- very strong adoption work
- a transformed partnership with schools
- well-integrated early help
- high standards of reviews of looked after children
- improved work around Child Sexual Exploitation and Prevent.
This assessment puts Brent amongst the 83 per cent of London Boroughs also in the 'requires improvement' category, with only two achieving a 'good' assessment result (Kingston Upon Thames and Enfield) and one judged 'inadequate' (Lambeth).
Cllr Ruth Moher commented:
"I am pleased that the substantial improvements we have made over the last year have been acknowledged in the detail of the report. We are far from complacent, and are committed to the journey to move onwards and upwards from this 'requires improvement' category towards 'good' and 'outstanding'."