Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Ofsted: pace of change at Nottinghamshire is not sufficient

The pace of change and progress at Nottinghamshire since the last inspection has not been sufficient to fully address capacity issues in the care leaving service or to ensure effective transition and support for all young people.

A focused Ofsted inspection on care leavers services found that children who leave care in Nottinghamshire benefit from advice and support from committed personal advisers. They also have access to dedicated achievement advisers to support their engagement with education, employment and training.

“Preparation for leaving care does not start early enough for most children,” the report warned. “A particular consequence of this is poorer outcomes for some young people with more complex needs. Senior leaders have a good understanding of the challenges of the services and have plans ready to address these.”

The inspection found:

  • Children and young people’s needs are well assessed and understood.
  • Care leavers are supported to give priority to identifying and addressing their health needs
  • Where appropriate, children are enabled to ‘stay put’ with their foster carers beyond the age of 18.
  • Children who meet the criteria for transition to adult services benefit from early planning to ensure that their needs are well considered as they become adults.
  • A small number of care leavers take part in the recruitment of staff.

However, inspectors warn that high caseloads in both the looked after and care leaving service limit the time and support that can be offered to young people who have high needs. For most children, the transition and planning for adulthood and independence starts too late.

There is no dedicated support available for 16-and 17-year-old children in care who are not accessing education, employment or training to help them return to education or training before leaving care.

Older children in care and care leavers with complex needs, including poor mental health and substance abuse, are not always able to get the help they need, the report adds.

“The local authority has a good awareness of the challenges faced by the service, and its recently refreshed partnership strategy seeks to respond to these challenges,” the report concludes.

Focused visit Nottinghamshire

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

All children removed from Rainsbrook


All children are to be removed from Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, the Lord Chancellor has announced.

Robert Buckland has confirmed that work is underway to move all children from the privately-run Secure Training Centre amid serious ongoing concerns about safety and performance.

The Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland said: “Six months ago, I demanded that MTC take [...]

Read Full Story

Response to 'Case for Change'


What the children’s services sector said about the independent review into children’s social care.


The Association of Directors of Children’s Services President, Charlotte Ramsden, said: “This review is a once in a generation opportunity to make meaningful and lasting change for the children and young people who need our help and support to thrive. The case [...]

Read Full Story

Children’s social care system likened to Jenga tower held together with Sellotape


Children’s services often intervene with vulnerable families too late, the independent review into children’s social care has stated.

The government’s main focus should be on supporting the resources of families and the wider community to keep children safe as close to a family environment as is possible. While decisive action still needs to be taken [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram