Services for children in Derby in need of help and protection have been rated as ‘good’ overall by Ofsted in a recent inspection.

Of the 142 authorities inspected under the framework, Derby was just one of 39 authorities to receive the rating.

Authorities were inspected on elements including leadership, management and governance, adoption performance, safeguarding, the progress of looked after children and the progress of care leavers. In four out of the five listed areas, Derby’s children services were ranked as ‘good’.

Report findings established that overall children are kept safe in the city and that Derby is classed as a safe authority. It also recognised that Derby’s early help service ensure children and families have access to the right support and when risks were identified, workers act quickly to protect children.

In terms of adoption services, findings showed increasing numbers of children and young people being adopted in Derby, which has been enabled by thorough family finding and matching.

In an independent review, Derby’s Local Safeguarding Children Board, in partnership with Derby City Council, was rated as ‘outstanding’. The review, which is part of the same inspection, praised the board for the significant positive difference made by agencies in the city to protect children and promote their welfare.

Areas for improvement related to the overall safeguarding of children in need of help and protection and private fostering.

Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding and Children and Young People, commented: “We are delighted Derby has been classed as a safe authority and will continue to work to improve our services further.”

“We knew in our self-assessment there was weakness in some areas. We are now reducing caseloads and recruiting social workers. One of my pledges is to ensure the service is ‘outstanding’ and to ensure children are protected from an early age.”

To view the full report, please visit the Ofsted website.