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Praise heaped on county’s services

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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A COUNTY councillor has welcomed findings from a Government watchdog that have praised Derbyshire’s services for children and young people.

Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people (pictured) says Ofsted’s findings that its services are “good” following a new-style inspection reflects the efforts of the authority’s staff.

Derbyshire County Council has been one of the first five local authorities inspected under a new combined Ofsted regime which looks at the way all services for vulnerable young people are run.

This includes children who need protection, children in care, those leaving care and children helped by the authority’s adoption and fostering teams.

Councillor Gillott said: “This report reflects the hard work and commitment of our staff, alongside our partners in the private and voluntary sector, to ensure all Derbyshire’s youngsters get the chance to achieve their full potential.

“The positive Good rating is even more significant given the new, tougher regime introduced by Ofsted which has raised the achievement bar even higher.”

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