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2017 Ofsted Inspection

Ofsted have published their review of KSCB and have judged that the LSCB requires improvement to be good.

Here is the link to the report:  http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/local-authorities/kent. The LSCB review report starts on page 29.

Gill Rigg, Independent Chair of the Board said

"In respect of the Board, the positives identified were robust governance arrangements, strengths in CSE, radicalisation and children who go missing. The well-developed sub group structure was seen as strength, with CDOP and the Case Review group being singled out. The procedures were seen as being up to date and readily available and the Board's website is said to contain helpful information. Partners are well represented on the Board, attendance is good and our two lay members are seen to be valuable participants. The threshold document was described as being in place and up to date. Young people were seen to be positively influencing the Boards work. Inspectors saw that a process was in place for undertaking and learning from the Section 11 audits.

The areas which need improvement relate to improved performance data and a more robust audit programme, in particular greater oversight of single agency audits. Ofsted's view also was that all risks should be automatically transferred to the challenge log and that there should be a single shared risk register. It was also seen that the Board had not responded to the issue of neglect at a fast enough pace and that our annual report needed to be more comprehensive. Ofsted felt that there was limited evidence of the impact of how learning from case reviews and child deaths had improved practice.  Whilst the Board had identified an issue regarding thresholds, it was felt that insufficient work had been done to fully understand this. They also identified that the board needs to receive assurance regarding safeguarding practice within early year’s settings, schools and colleges.

In total, there are six recommendations for the Board, and these will be addressed through our action planning."