Ofsted praises council

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SUFFOLK’S children’s services are performing well, according to an annual Ofsted assessment reviewing all county council services.

The report, published on December 17, highlighted the majority of services as good or better, and a very large majority of outcomes as in line or above the average, except for educational attainment.

It identified the need to reduce the number of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, training or work – the county council will work to improve this. The report said children at immediate risk are dealt with appropriately and the safeguarding service is ‘well led and managed’. It also found that the percentage of young people affected by bullying is less than in other areas.

The report said: “Risks from budgetary pressures are well recognised and there is commitment from elected members to ensure that safeguarding and targeted services continue to be prioritised and protected as far as possible.”