The Department for Education has today supported Croydon’s vision and work to improve its services for looked-after children, early help and children in need.
Earlier this month, children’s commissioner Eleanor Brazil recommended that Croydon continues its work to deliver the necessary improvements after reviewing the council’s plans and the progress that has been made so far.
This decision was formally taken by Robert Goodwill, minister of state for children and families who has agreed the recommendation of the commissioner.
In his letter to council leader Tony Newman, Mr Goodwill said: “I am encouraged by the commitment the leadership of the council has demonstrated following the inspection and the steps that have been taken to better resource and build capacity in children’s services.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
“I’m pleased that such high-level trust has been placed in the council’s ability to turn the service around.
“We are still at the beginning of our improvement journey and we have a long way to go, but it’s good that the commissioner and the minister feel that we are on the right track and have confidence in our direction. It will not be a short journey – the challenges are real and we need to make sure we improve things for the long term, not just deliver a quick fix.
“I want to thank all of our children’s services staff for their hard work and commitment to help us to tackle the issues – they continue to work in the most challenging of circumstances, making a real difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable children and families, every day.”