Manchester Children’s Services rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Children’s services in Manchester rated ‘Good’ for the first time since Ofsted was established in 1992.

You can read the full Ofsted report published last week on their website here. This report is proof of the consistently great work being done in Manchester. It follows the recent positive reports for SEND services last year.

The progress has been consistent as this rating is on the back of being judged ‘Require Improvement….to be good’ at the last inspection in 2017 and a rating of ‘Inadequate’ in 2014.

The new ‘Good’ rating means that services provided to children and young people in Manchester are now amongst the best in the region. The inspectors praised the overall effectiveness of services and the impact of leaders on social work practice. They judged the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers to be good.

Inspectors also found that political and senior leaders in the city have maintained a consistently strong focus on improving practice. They work well alongside their partners and have continued to improve services for most children; despite the impact of Covid-19 on the workforce and on communities.  

The report acknowledged the strength of these relationships; which together with a city-wide focus on the ‘our child’ approach is improving outcomes for children and young people. The report’s recommendations were clear and did not surprise the team. They are reflected in the 10 priorities set out in the Directorate Plan 2020- 2024; it’s called ‘Working together to enable Manchester’s children and young people to lead safe, happy, health and successful lives’.