Warwickshire’s Children’s Services have consistently been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. The department has some 600 staff across local teams based in Rugby, Nuneaton, Bedworth, Warwick, Stratford and Leamington, with centralised services for Emergency Duty, Asylum & Leaving Care and Adoption and Fostering.
We have launched a new co-located Multi-Agency team with a remit to investigate child sexual exploitation (CSE) and support victims. It is co-located with the police to develop better responses to CSE and to children reported missing. It will also look at historic cases of sexual exploitation. We are also about to open a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
The adoption service is one of Warwickshire County Council’s highly performing services, which also performs well in comparison with regional and statistical neighbours.
We are currently leading the sub-regional arrangements for the implementation of adoption reforms.
The Authority has a relatively large number of looked-after children – currently over 600. A great deal of work has taken place to stabilise and safely decrease these numbers where possible. We have a highly motivated and committed staff group who want the very best for Warwickshire’s children.
This has been a positive and defining feature of the Authority with many staff choosing to develop their careers here. We need to broaden the horizons of the Service and continue to improve the consistency and quality of practice and develop a service which had already achieved a great deal. The service has many strengths such as a consistent staffing structure with many staff coming to live and work in Warwickshire and staying for many years.