An Ofsted report published today has commended Sheffield City Council’s Children’s services for ‘doing the right thing’ for children in the City. 

Ofsted inspectors Louise Walker and Teresa Godfrey visited Sheffield children’s services last month to review the local authority’s arrangements for planning and achieving permanence. 

According to the Children Act 1989, permanence refers to providing children with ‘a secure, stable and loving family to support them through childhood and beyond’. 

The report said: “There is strong corporate and political support for Sheffield’s children’s services and a commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ for children in the city.”

Adding that there is “a clear vision, and good social work can flourish.”

Although the report commended all of the good work from the authority, two points of improvement were suggested including better transition planning for children to adult services and more consistent supervision recording. 

Councillor Dawn Dale, Sheffield Co-chair of Education, Children and Families Policy Committee, said: “While there is much to be celebrated, we recognise that there is always room for improvement

We will build on the inspector’s recommendations so that we can provide an even better service for our most vulnerable children and families across the city.”

Co-chair of Sheffield Education, Children and Families Policy Committee, Councillor Mick Rooney said: “It’s great to see Ofsted recognising the hard work and dedication of our staff who strive day in day out to do their best by Sheffield’s children. The report highlights that children really are at the centre of what we do.”