Inspection of Children’s Social Care Services

Newham Council’s children’s services were inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) between 11 and 22 February 2019. The inspection looked at the quality of the services we deliver on behalf of the borough’s children, and how we perform across a number of areas of work.

Ofsted found that, while children in Newham who need help and protection are appropriately safeguarded and social workers know their children well, the service overall is not doing as well as it should. Inspectors rated our children’s services overall as inadequate, and there are a number of things we need to do to improve.                       

Newham’s children’s services Ofsted ratings

​​Judgement

Grade​

The impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families

Inadequate​

​The experiences and progress of children who need help and protection

Requires improvement​

​The experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers

Inadequate​

​Overall effectiveness

Inadequate​