Agenda item

Update on Children's Services Improvements and Outcomes of Single Inspection Framework Re-Inspection


The Cabinet Member with the Children and Young People Portfolio introduced the report of the Director of Children and Adults Services (previously circulated) updating Cabinet on the outcome of the Single Inspection Framework (SIF) re-inspection conducted during February and March 2018.


The submitted report set out the inspection findings, published on 21 May 2018, which had cited considerable improvements and concluded that, overall, Children’s Services in Darlington had improved considerably from a position of inadequate in 2015 to now requiring improvement to be good.

It was reported that the progress was a considerable achievement, pivotal to which was dynamic leadership, effective political and corporate support and significant resourcing of the improvement journey.

RESOLVED – (a)  That the findings of the SIF re-inspection of Children’s Services be noted.

(b) That the revised inspection regulation framework that the Council is now subject to be noted.


(c)  That it be noted that an improvement plan will now be developed in response to the recommendations.


REASON - Cabinet agreed they should receive regular update reports on improvement progress.?????


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