Herefordshire Council's children's services 'requires improvement'

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Services to protect children in Herefordshire "require improvement", Ofsted inspectors have concluded.

The grading is one better than in 2012 when services were branded "inadequate", the lowest rating in the four-point scale.

It means there are no serious failures but the authority is not delivering good protection, help and care for children, young people and families.

The council said it was on target to achieve a "good" rating by 2016.

Councillor Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for children's wellbeing for Herefordshire Council, said: "We are very pleased that following our recent inspection we are no longer rated as inadequate and reassured that Ofsted are stating that no children being cared for in Herefordshire are at risk of harm."

Ofsted said the leadership and experience of care leaders "requires improvement" but rated the authority's adoption performance as "good".

The grading follows an inspection last month.

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