A range of improvements into children’s social care in Knowsley have been implemented, following Ofsted’s inspection last year into children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers.
A detailed improvement plan is being progressed and monitored through the Improvement Board, which is independently chaired and updates are fed directly to the Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Children and Families.
Improvements to systems and processes have been implemented, as well as a successful recruitment drive to attract experienced social workers, team leaders and managers. This has also been extended to attract high quality adopters too for children looking for a permanent home.
Another priority area to be addressed as part of the improvement plan is the adoption process, in particular promoting the plan for adoption if a child is unable to live with their birth parents or extended family and also the time it takes from placing a child into care through to being placed with adoptive parents.