Children: Social Services

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on children in Hull of the findings of Ofsted's inspection of children’s social care services in Kingston upon Hull City Council published in May 2019.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Ofsted found children’s social care services in Hull to be inadequate in May 2019. Subsequently, a monitoring visit by Ofsted in January 2020 showed that services for children, young people and families in Hull were still in need of improvement.

Following the original inadequate judgement and in line with the department’s intervention policy set out in ‘Putting Children First’, we appointed an improvement adviser, Paul Moffatt. Paul Moffat reports regularly to ministers on progress in Hull and led a Department for Education review of progress in December 2019.

‘Putting Children First’ is available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/putting-children-first-our-vision-for-childrens-social-care.

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