There has been significant work to further develop the MASH at Waltham Forest children’s services, Ofsted has stated.
There has been the co-location of more partner agencies and a recent relaunch of the revised threshold guidance which has, in turn, resulted in improved, timely multi-agency responses to contacts and referrals.
“Regular surveys of partner agencies show improved understanding and better relationships with children’s social care, and this is enabling better support and protection of children,” said the report.
The report found:
Ofsted says that management oversight and rationale are consistently evident in case records. However, it identifies improvement in the actions required to be taken are not always specific and measurable, meaning that the progress of children’s plans is harder to monitor.
It adds that the implementation of the newly commissioned local authority case recording system has resulted in some performance management reports not being sufficiently accurate. This restricts the ability of leaders and managers to have a systematic understanding of interventions and to monitor the quality and timeliness of social work practice.
Inspectors conclude that the quality assurance framework audits focus on process compliance. In order to drive continued improvements, further development is required to evaluate the quality of practice and to consider how this impacts on outcomes for children.
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