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'Significant progress' in Doncaster children's services

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Image caption Children services were removed from the council in October 2014

Efforts to improve children's services in Doncaster have shown "significant progress", a government watchdog has found.

Ofsted said it saw no cases where children were judged to be at risk following a monitoring inspection.

It followed an inadequate rating in a full inspection last year.

In October 2014 the government gave control of child services to an independent trust following a number of previous failures.

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In its report, Ofsted said "the council and the trust have demonstrated a meaningful response to the recommendations made following the single inspection in 2015".

Inspectors said the trust had invested in training and senior management had shown "effective leadership".

'Not complacent'

However, it raised concerns over delays in assessing children at risk and that the "quality of assessments remains inconsistent".

Chief executive of Doncaster Children's Services Trust, Paul Moffat, said he was "delighted" at Ofsted's findings.

"Whilst we are pleased with the significant progress recognised by HMI Ofsted, we are not complacent and we will continue to rigorously pursue our objective of delivering high-quality services for all children in receipt of our services," he said.

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