The service provision for vulnerable adolescents in Islington is “strong and robust”, Ofsted has stated in its latest report.
A focused visit of the London Borough of Islington found that “there is a determined focus to improve outcomes for these young people across the council”.
“Senior political leaders, elected members and officers demonstrate a determination to improving services for vulnerable adolescents in Islington,” said the report. “This can be seen in the obvious investment in services, including the exploitation and missing team and the integrated gangs team.”
The report highlighted:
Ofsted said plans considered during this visit for children are not universally clear, although all plans did contain appropriate, focused goals based on strong assessment identifying what needs to change. In a small minority of cases, detail of the actions to support the achievement of these goals is variable, particularly in relation to giving clarity as to the timescales required for actions to be completed or for changes to occur.
Furthermore in a small number of return home interviews, there is insufficient analysis of all recorded information to inform case planning and Islington should address this to improve services further.
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Cafcass has introduced some revised arrangements for managing unsustainable caseloads.
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Cafcass Chief Executive, Jacky Tiotto said: “I have said publicly before that any [...]