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Ofsted praises children's services at Swindon council

Swindon Borough Council's Children's Services department has received a good report from Ofsted.

It follows an unannounced inspection of contact, referral and assessment arrangements and their impact on minimising child abuse and neglect.

Inspectors considered evidence including electronic case records and notes and observed social workers.

Councillor David Renard said it was "pleasing" that much of the work met or exceeded Ofsted's required standard.

Taken into account

The council's cabinet member for children's services said: "We have worked hard to address the areas for development identified in the previous report and we have already demonstrated that we are well on the way to meeting the areas outlined in the latest inspection."

Key areas of strength identified in the 2011 report included funding independent advocates to support all children over the age of nine in child protection conferences so children's views are taken into account.

Ofsted also noted excellent partnership working, including monthly multi-agency meetings to discuss cases of concern.

The number of qualified and experienced staff within the department was also commended.

Only three areas were identified as needing development.

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