The Leicestershire and Rutland Local Safeguarding Children Board (LRLSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted.

Ofsted has published today the reports of its inspections of Local Authority services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers in Leicestershire and Rutland. These include the review of the effectiveness of the Leicestershire and Rutland Local Safeguarding Children Board (LRLSCB) and can be found at https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/local-authorities/leicestershire and https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/local-authorities/rutland

Independent Chair of the LRLSCB, Paul Burnett said:

"I am delighted with this judgement. Ofsted has identified a number of strengths in our work and judge the Board to be effective and well run. This is a collective achievement that is based on a strong partnership of local leaders, services and staff. They have shown commitment, energy and focus in ensuring we work together to safeguard children and young people in Leicestershire and Rutland and this has now been recognised by Ofsted."

The report identifies a range of strengths including:

  • Board visibility that has kept safeguarding high on the agenda in the two counties
  • Pro-active and responsive leadership from the Independent Chair;
  • Strong Business Unit support;
  • Strong partnership working across the statutory and voluntary sector;
  • Effective links with Leicester City, the Safeguarding Adults Board and other key partnership bodies;
  • A culture of scrutiny and challenge that secures improvement;
  • Strong and effective quality assurance and performance management arrangements to test safeguarding effectiveness;
  • Well targeted priorities for improvement;
  • Effective identification of learning from serious case reviews and pro-active action to address recommendations arising from these and other reviews;
  • Regular reviews of the effectiveness of policies and procedures;
  • Effective work in a number of key safeguarding risk arenas including: Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Early Help, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Disabled Children, Children Looked-After;
  • Positive impact on professionals' awareness and understanding of CSE;
  • Openness and honesty in its analysis of performance;
  • A highly effective Child Death Overview Panel;
  • A sophisticated approach to evaluating the impact of training which is a significant strength;
  • A wide range of means of securing effective communication across the safeguarding partnership;
  • Recognition of the importance of engaging with children and young people;
  • Providing a comprehensive evaluation of effectiveness in the Annual Report.

The purpose of inspection is to recognise that which is effective but also to identify areas in which improvement can be achieved. Ofsted has made three recommendations to support continued development and improvement in the future:

  • Evaluating the quality and effectiveness of return home interviews and risk management when children go missing;
  • Strengthening the Section 11 audit process to ensure this is more probing and robust;
  • Enabling children more fully to influence the LSCBs priorities and their delivery.

"Ofsted's evaluation of our performance matches our own self-assessment. We are pleased that across the vast majority of our functions the inspectors have judged us to be performing well. We value their identification of areas in which we could further develop and have included these in our new Business Plan for 2017/18" said Paul Burnett, Independent Chair of the Board.

The LSCB we will work with the two local authorities as appropriate on the areas for development identified in their respective inspection reports.