Rotherham Council’s children’s services have been assessed as ‘good’ by Ofsted for the first time since the child sexual exploitation scandal An inspection in 2014 identified ‘widespread and serious failures’ of children in need of help by the council, while an independent inquiry found 1,400 children had been subject to sexual abuse in the town while those in authority failed to act. A re-inspection of the council’s services for children in need of help and protection, children who are being looked after and care leavers, carried out in November and published today, said: “The quality and impact of services for children are transformed. “Risks to children are recognised early and responded to, ensuring their safety.” The council’s children’s services department was judged to be failing in most areas by Ofsted in the wake of the report by Professor Alexis Jay, which revealed child sexual exploitation of up to 1,400 children in the town between 1997 and 2013. But following a four week re-inspection in November last year, Ofsted inspectors said the local authority has made ‘significant improvement’, including protecting those children at risk of sexual exploitation. Inspectors said: “The local authority has taken a systematic and rigorous approach to improvement since the… Read full this story
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