Ofsted announce positive ratings

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15 Jun 2017

For COMPASS exhibitors

Coventry City Council and Kent County Council both received positive Ofsted ratings this week, with Coventry City Council moving out of “inadequate” and Kent County Council receiving a “good” rating. 

The news comes after Ofsted released the results of inspections taking place throughout March.

Both Coventry City Council and Kent County Council have utilised the COMPASS events, as well as COMPASS, the annual guide to social work and social care , to assist with the recruitment, retention and training of their workforce – essential elements in the overall strategy of improving services.

Coventry City Council had been rated inadequate in 2014 with concerns that high caseloads meant that social workers were not responding quickly enough to child protection concerns.

However, inspectors were impressed with an "intense focus" by Coventry City Council to improve support for children over the past year.

Coventry has reduced caseloads, inspectors found, with social workers now averaging 20 cases. This has been in part due to a successful recruitment campaign, with attendance at the COMPASS events and an Employer Profile in COMPASS, the annual guide , resulting in 61 new social workers over the 12 month period. 

The report also confirmed that Kent County Council is delivering a ‘good’ service to children and families, putting their children’s services among the top 30% in the country.

This was achieved despite the unprecedented pressures on the council from the number of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) over the past two years.

Andrew Ireland, KCC’s Corporate Director Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, said: “The recognition of our hard work across the service, especially in regards to the pressures faced by UASC, is a great acknowledgement.

“Staff have shown great commitment with a strong morale but the findings of this report will also focus our attention on the areas that need more improvement. We have taken the recommendations forward and devised an action plan to ensure we continue to protect the children of our county.”

Come and speak to both authorities and other pro-active employers  at the COMPASS Jobs Fair, London on 13 November – register for your free ticket here 

You can also find out more about these organisations and view their latest vacancies on the Employer Profiles section of the Compass website through the links below.

Employer profile – Coventry City Council

Employer profile – Kent County Council


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In addition to running three national events, we also publish the annual publication COMPASS , the annual guide to social work and social care which is the definitive guide to the sector.

COMPASS includes information regarding finding the best jobs in the sector, progressing your career, working with adults, working with children and working in other areas. COMPASS includes focuses on the most pro-active employers, has a directory section full of useful contacts and has cutting-edge editorial on professional practice and service provision.

If you are interested in advertising in COMPASS , would like to order a copy of the guide or would like further information regarding our events in London, Manchester and Birmingham please contact the team on 01892 784804 or email us at admin@compassjobsfair.com