Council praised for work with children

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VULNERABLE children in 1066 Country are well looked after according to a new report.

Ofsted inspectors looked into how well East Sussex County Council (ESCC) protects children at risk of physical, sexual or emotional harm, including those it takes into care, and they also reviewed all schools and services the council provides for youngsters.

ESCC was rated good, with certain elements praised as outstanding.

Cllr Keith Glazier, ESCC lead member for children’s services hailed it as a “wonderful achievement,” particularly in difficult economic times.

“Our work to safeguard children will always be at the top of our list of priorities.” Cllr Glazier said.

But the Ofsted inspectors did flag up some areas where there is room for improvement, including the need to do more to help young people in deprived areas like Hastings. They also warned that the youth offending service performed below national standards, and that special schools could be improved.

But with the children’s services department set to lose £20 million from its budget as part of the authority’s public spending cuts, there are concerns over how well young people will be catered for in the future, with one union leader describing the cuts as “beneath contempt.”