Audits, inspections and assessments

How well we are delivering adult social care in Gloucestershire?

This is a chance for Gloucestershire County Council to let people know about the performance of adult social care services and how we deliver our service ensuring we meet people's needs and improve their lives.

This report outlines our performance, the quality of our services and the challenges that we have faced during the year.

As well as the past performance; our challenges and future plans to address these, it allows us to tell you about our future plans for adult social care and what we will be focusing on in the coming year.

Finally, we end the document with an invitation for your feedback. We want to hear from you about your experiences and ideas

The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment is a measurement of the supply of and demand for childcare in the local area.

The Childcare Act 2006 gives local authorities a key role in shaping the childcare market in their area to create a strong, sustainable and diverse childcare market to meet the needs of parents.

In order to fulfil the duties placed on them, local authorities have a strategic role to play in assessing need and commissioning services in their area. The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment is a measurement of the supply of and demand for childcare within the local area.

Sufficient childcare, in Section 6 of the 2006 Act, is defined as 'sufficient to meet the requirements of parents who require childcare in order to enable them to take up, or remain in, work, or to undertake education or training which could reasonably be expected to assist them to obtain work.

At its core, the Assessment provides an analysis of supply and demand highlighting potential childcare gaps to enable the local authority to manage the childcare market.

We have used local and national data together with information from local surveys of parents, childcare providers and employers to map the supply of and demand for childcare in Gloucestershire. All of the information is contained in the Childcare Sufficiency Report for Gloucestershire. The report identifies where there are childcare gaps and the strategy and action that will take place to address gaps, especially in areas of greatest need.

If you have any questions or require further information please email and we will be happy to respond.

The Department for Education and Skills publish achievement and attainment tables and information on trends for:

Special schools

Special schools educate children unable to attend mainstream schools. Over 900 children who have a wide range of special needs currently attend 12 Gloucestershire special schools.

Statistics for these schools are at the end of the relevant primary or secondary tables - there are no separate Special School tables.

Primary schools

Primary school children are generally aged between 4 and 11, and progress from the Foundation Stage (Reception classes) through to Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and 2 (Years 3 to 6). At the end of every Key Stage they are assessed.

The tables are currently only published for Key Stage 2 at Primary stage.

Secondary schools

Normally, once children are 11, they transfer to Secondary school and work towards their GCSE's through Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and 4 (Years 10 and 11). Each child is asseessed at the end of Year 9 (Key Stage 3) and will generally sit GCSE exams in Year 11.

Twenty eight of our secondary schools have Sixth Form Centres that enable pupils aged 16 and over to study A Levels or Vocational courses (Key Stage 5)

The tables are for Key Stages 3,4 and 5.

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Oftsed Inspection of Children's Safeguarding Services: 6th February 2012 (report published 5th March 2012)

The purpose of the inspection is to evaluate the contribution made by relevant services in the local area towards ensuring that children and young people are properly safeguarded.

The inspectors recognised that, despite the significant challenges and change we have faced as a council over the past year, we made good improvements in our safeguarding services.

Leadership, management, ambition and prioritisation are now rated as 'good'. The rating for the overall effectiveness of the safeguarding services is 'adequate' with 'good' capacity for improvement. Inspectors have been clear that all issues of concern raised in the November/December 2010 inspection have been addressed.

They recognised that, despite a challenging year for the council, frontline staff across Social Care, Schools and Health are working effectively together to deliver better planning, support and care for children and families, particularly for those most in need of our help.

While the inspectors have, as expected, also identified some areas where further improvement is needed, they are clear that we have the right resources, plans and leadership in place to sustain the progress we have already made. They also recognised that these are areas we are already working on, including introducing greater challenge across the whole of the Children's Partnership. There is a strong emphasis on continuing to develop partnership working to ensure that all the agencies working with children are doing all they can to keep them safe.

We are also working hard to make further improvements to reporting and information sharing on equality and diversity issues, as well as building on the positive changes we have already made to monitoring the quality of our services. Read the inspection report

Ofsted Inspection of GCC Adoption Services: 21st October 2011 (report published 18th November 2011)

The Adoption Service was judged to be 'Good'. The rating reflects the significant improvements made to the service since its last inspection in 2009.

The inspection included:

  • The lead inspector observing the independently chaired Adoption Panel
  • Examination of case records
  • Meeting with various professionals and elected members
  • Visiting adoptive families

The inspectors were particularly impressed with the clear vision, strong management, sound practice and hard work of everyone involved in the adoption team, which has resulted in all the recommendations made following the last inspection being addressed.

While they recognised that there are some historic issues resulting from difficulties with the service in the past, the inspectors noted that the service is working hard to address this, and children coming to the service now are likely to receive a good service. They noted that the service has well qualified and experienced social workers and pointed out that while all the adopters they spoke to during the inspection had been involved with the service during its time of difficulty, all had commented on the good quality of social work provided.
The inspectors made three recommendations to further improve the service. Two are around ensuring that we continue our work to address delays for some children and adopters and one is about ensuring consistent quality in the life story work. We, and the inspectors, are satisfied that we have robust plans in place to address this. Read the inspection report

Annual unannounced inspection of contact, referral and assessment arrangements within GCC children's services: 16th - 17th August 2011 (letter published 15th September 2011)

The inspection sampled the quality and effectiveness of contact, referral and assessment arrangements and their impact on minimising any child abuse and neglect.

The inspectors confirmed that all areas of development identified at the previous inspection of contact, referral and assessment arrangements in January 2010 had been addressed, including the one area for priority action.

This inspection was superseded by the more recent Inspection of Safeguarding Services in February 2012. Read the inspection report


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