Postive report for Angus children’s services

Children's services have been found to be generally performing well.
Children's services have been found to be generally performing well.

Services for children and young people in Angus are generally performing well and delivering good outcomes for children, young people and their families, inspectors have said.

Although according to the recent report, more could be done for some very vulnerable children in order to deliver even better outcomes.

The inspection of services in the Angus Community Planning Partnership was conducted by the Care Inspectorate with Education Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland between May 16 and June 24 this year.

Inspectors looked at how well a wide range of services was working to make a positive difference to the lives of children, young people and families. They interviewed staff, senior officers and young people, visited services, and carried out a structured review of individual young people’s care files.

Specially-trained young inspectors aged 18 to 24, with personal experience of using care, met with young people themselves and had the chance to probe agencies about what they were doing to improve the quality of care.

Partners were found ‘very good’ at improving outcomes, and six other areas were found to be ‘good’. Inspectors graded two areas as ‘adequate’ - these were the way that the partnership assessed and responded to risks and needs and the way support is planned for individual children.

The partnership was praised for using data well to improve outcomes, with many real improvements being made. Major strengths included the health and well-being of babies, in educational achievements and improvements in many aspects of the lives of vulnerable youngsters, including those who were looked after. Increasingly young people unable to live at home were living in a family setting and were able to remain within Angus.

Karen Reid, Care Inspectorate chief executive, said: “Some areas could improve further. While most children and young people were safe at home or in their care placements, inconsistencies in the quality of assessments and plans compromised outcomes for some children and young people at times when they were particularly vulnerable.

“We expect partners will now take forward the identified areas for improvement.”