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£12million for social care services in Oldham after damning inspection

Date published: 06 March 2019


£12million is to be invested in social work for children in Oldham over the next three years - after inspectors found not enough had changed to boost their assessment of the service.

In August 2015, Ofsted downgraded their judgement from 'good' to 'requires improvement'.

A recent full inspection found there had not been enough improvements to change that rating.

Ofsted highlighted a lack of action from the previous checks - but the Council now says they are investing cash from the budget to change that.

All four areas that were judged by Ofsted were considered not to have improved.

They include the impact of leaders on social work, the progress of children who need protection, experiences of kids in care, and the service's overall effectiveness.

A new plan to change how social care works has been developed, but inspectors say it's not yet had an impact for most children.

Kids in immediate danger or risk are kept safe - but others face "inconsistent" practices.

Oldham Council has admitted that it's "not shocked" by the findings and say that new measure have been put in place for a "vastly different" result.


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