Ofsted recently carried out an inspection (on 30 and 31 October 2018) of the council’s first point of contact for children who need help and protection.

This latest visit follows Ofsted’s full inspection of Children’s Services carried out in 2017, when a number of services were graded as ‘Good’ and the council’s ‘inadequate’ tag was formally removed.

Following the visit, inspectors concluded that “strong committed senior leadership and good corporate support have ensured that progress seen at that inspection has been sustained and built upon.” Inspectors also noted the council’s investment into business support systems and additional staffing, which they say has helped to maintain the momentum of improvement at the ‘front door’.

Another area of good practice highlighted was the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, which benefits from co-location of a wide range of partner agencies including representatives from health and the police, helping children in need of help and protection in Knowsley to receive a timely, proportionate and effective response.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“This provided us with a great opportunity to highlight and showcase some of the fantastic work we are doing here in Knowsley with our children, young people and families. Inspectors described our services as being good quality with improved outcomes being achieved for children that come to the attention of services. Inspectors particularly highlighted our dedicated, experienced and high-quality workforce. This is a fantastic testament to their commitment to deliver high quality services to our children and families – well done for receiving this national recognition!”