This morning, the Government lifted the intervention notice that had been in place covering Herefordshire Council’s child protection arrangements.
This is the latest step recognising the improvements the council has made in this area. Last year an Ofsted inspection recognised that the council had made substantial progress. The government took Ofsted’s report into account and DfE officials carried out their own review in December 2014.
Jo Davidson, director of children’s wellbeing at the council said: “Getting to this point has been a real team effort. It has taken a lot of soul searching, honesty, fierce debate and very hard work. We still have a long way to go in our mission to get to good and we are pleased that our progress so far has been recognised by the minister”
Cllr Millar, cabinet member young people and children's wellbeing, added: “We would not have achieved the lifting of the notice without the inspiration of our Children in Care Council, the conscientious work of our staff, the willingness of all of our partners to see safeguarding as their responsibility too and the prioritisation of children’s wellbeing by everyone involved.”