3 May, 2015

Breaking The Lock | New Report

iMPOWER | Amanda Kelly | April 29, 2015

‘Breaking The Lock’, which explores the challenges faced by children’s services, calls for the inspection process to modernise and offers a vision for what a future sustainable model of care should be.

The report highlights the following key points:

  • The impact of the single word judgement ‘inadequate’ from Ofsted can have a catastrophic spiralling effect on a local authority, turning a poorly performing authority into a broken one (data provided in the notes below from four randomly sampled authorities shows this)
  • The rise in family breakdown as a leading cause of children needing support is exposing fundamental weaknesses in the current model of children’s services (a lack of early intervention is allowing manageable problems to descend into acute crisis)
  • There is national shortage of social workers meaning that struggling councils are overly reliant on agency staff costing more money and leading to less consistency of support for vulnerable children
  • Children’s services and Ofsted need to collaboratively modernise to reflect the reality of the public sector’s financial climate and the growing complexity of needs that vulnerable families have

Report