This week it has been confirmed that Rotherham Council’s Children’s Services has been transformed from a ‘failing’ service to a ‘Good’ one in a recent Ofsted report conducted at the tail end of 2017. Previously a report in 2014 found “widespread and serious failures” within the Council in relation to their child protection services.

Following an intense four-week re-inspection in November last year, Ofsted have revealed the new rating. In their report inspectors said the local authority has made “significant improvement”, including protecting those children at risk of sexual exploitation.

YWCA Yorkshire is an important and strategic partner to Rotherham Council, and we have worked together to ensure that children and care leavers were protected in the city. Working closely alongside the council in a new holistic approach has yielded a number of significant results for the child protection services within Rotherham.

Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “I’m delighted to see the progress that has been made at Rotherham’s children’s social care, resulting in it being rated ‘good’ by Ofsted"

“For too long, children and young people in Rotherham were failed by the authorities in charge of protecting them, so it is especially pleasing that Ofsted has noted the strong partnership working now in place at the council."

“All those who have delivered such vast and rapid improvements in Rotherham should be rightly proud of their efforts. I look forward to them continuing to drive forward this work to make sure every child is kept safe from harm.”