Redbridge children’s services shortlisted for prestigious award

Published: 8 November 2019

Redbridge Council is in the running for a prestigious annual award recognising the best children’s services in the country.

The shortlists for the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards were announced yesterday (7 November 2019) with Redbridge named alongside eight other councils as nominees for the Children’s Services of the Year 2019.

The LGC awards celebrate excellence in local government, recognising the teams and individuals making the biggest difference to their communities.

In June 2019, the council’s children’s social care services were rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for the first time, putting Redbridge amongst the top performers in the country.

The inspectors praised the council’s ‘exceptional leadership’ and ‘relentless drive and ambition for children, which leads to the provision of consistently strong and highly effective services for them.’

Corporate Director for People Adrian Loades said: “Whilst the ultimate judges of our performance are the families we support, being shortlisted for a national award is fantastic and welcome news. 

“Every one of our services – from education to social care - has played an important role in this achievement, and I want to thank all our staff for their continuing energy, efforts and commitment to the children and communities of this borough.

“Our improvement journey has been years in the making and we know there is more for us to do, but I am immensely proud of the progress we have made.”

This year has also seen the council shortlisted for the Local Authority of the Year in the Municipal Journal (MJ) awards. 

The council was also declared the best local authority in the country for adult social care in a major independent survey and rated sixth most productive overall in the annual report compiled by iMPOWER in November 2018.

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