Positive joint inspection children and young people published

The Care Inspectorate Report of the joint inspection of services for children and young people in need of care and protection for Midlothian was published today. 

Strong partnership working

The report evidences strong partnership working at all levels and a workforce that is both confident and competent and committed to improving outcomes and experiences for children, young people and families. 

Continue to improve

The Care Inspectorate and its scrutiny partners were very confident that the partnership in Midlothian has the capacity to continue to improve and to address points highlighted in the report.

Consistency in processes

Improvements were evident as a direct result of gathering, analysing and learning from robust and accurate data, which led to better compliance and greater consistency in key child protection processes.  Strategic direction and significant operational effort had resulted in reducing the overall numbers of looked after children, keeping more children in community-based placements and reducing the use of placements out-with Midlothian.

Thanks to everyone involved

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Jim Muirhead said: “I would like to thank all staff and service users who were involved in this Inspection.  I was very impressed with the hard work and professionalism shown by all staff during this process.  As a partnership there has been a relentless pursuit to continually improve the outcomes for children and young people who are in need of care and protection and this report demonstrates that services are committed to driving forward their shared, coherent vision to achieve the best possible outcome for Midlothian’s children and young people.

Plan being developed

“Following on from this report there will be an improvement plan devised which will highlight the areas in need of further development and improvement.  The plan will be monitored and scrutinised via the strategic leadership group who sit on the Getting It Right for Every Midlothian Child Board.

“Once again my thanks to everyone for all their hard work.”

1 Sep 2020