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Cafcass praised by Ofsted for its work in Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Third recent inspection in which all areas of practice have been rated ‘satisfactory’ or ‘good’

Cafcass has been praised in its latest Ofsted inspection for the quality of its work in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The team was rated as 'good' in over half of the areas inspected, with its capacity to improve even further also rated as 'good'. In particular, inspectors praised the team for working sensitively with children and families in difficult situations and reported that direct work with children was 'of predominantly good quality, including some very good practice.' They found that safeguarding of children was a high priority, that practitioners communicated well with parents, helped them to put forward their concerns and were open and honest about any concerns they had about the safety and well-being of children.

Members of the judiciary 'reported very positively on the quality of Cafcass reports and recommendations in assisting to determine the best outcome for a child.' Likewise, the 'majority of local authorities spoken to during the inspection valued the contribution made by Cafcass practitioners in achieving the best outcomes for children who are involved in court processes.'

Naintara Khosla, Head of Service for Hampshire and Isle of Wight said:

 "The children we work with are some of the most vulnerable in the area and we have a shared commitment in the area to provide them with the best possible service. I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised the improvements we have made and that they not only share in our confidence that these children are receiving the service they deserve but that we also have the capacity to improve even further."

The result is the third recent inspection in which all areas of practice have been rated as either 'good' or 'satisfactory'.

The Ofsted report can be read here.