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Social services section set for top rating again.

One of the North's top social services departments is set for more success following a recent inspection.

Four months after being declared a three-star social services local authority for the third time running - Newcastle City Council's children's services is set to receive top rating again following a recent inspection.

Inspectors from the Social Services Inspectorate (SSI) spent two weeks talking to staff, families and children last autumn. The council's cabinet will officially receive the report at the cabinet meeting later today.

The SSI's overall judgment was that most people were being served well and that capacity to improve was excellent. This equates to a three-star rating.

A Children's Services Inspection looks at how councils with social services responsibilities deliver services to children and their families. It also focuses on the way services are delivered to support families, to safeguard children in need of protection and to plan for children who are looked after by the council.

Coun John O'Shea, cabinet member for social services and health, said: "Last year we asked residents what their budget priorities were and spending on social services for vulnerable people came high on their list.

"We have invested in improvements to social services and this excellent result shows that we are delivering on our promises.

"Every single member of staff has contributed to achieving such excellent services for Newcastle children and their families and it is to them we owe our thanks for their dedication. Our social services are world class."

Director of social services Tom Dervin said: "To receive an excellent rating for children's services so soon after being awarded a three-star rating for the third time is a great achievement."

He said it reflected the importance Newcastle City Council placed on social services.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2004
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