Decision details

The Ofsted inspection of East Sussex County Council's Children's Services

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Cabinet is asked to note the findings of the inspection Council’s Inspection of Local Authority Children’s Services 11 – 15 December 2023, which was published 6 February.


47.1     The Cabinet considered a report by the Director of Children’s Services.

47.2     It was RESOLVED to:

1) Welcome the findings of the inspection of the work of ESCC for children and young people which was published on 6 February 2024; and


2) Note the action plan which is being developed to address the areas for improvement.


47.3     The Council’s Children’s Services has been judged to be good overall and outstanding for the experiences and progress of children in care. This is a good outcome for the service and for the Council which has made keeping vulnerable people safe, a priority outcome. It is a very welcome recognition of all the hard, determined, and high-quality work we have done since our last inspection, through a time of pandemic, its continuing effects, and cost of living pressures.

47.4     East Sussex has maintained a focus on the key priority outcome of keeping vulnerable people safe and responded well to the impact of the pandemic, increased demand and the challenging financial context for both families and the council.

Publication date: 08/03/2024

Date of decision: 05/03/2024

Decided at meeting: 05/03/2024 - Cabinet

Effective from: 12/03/2024

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