By Thomas Carter
The children’s services provided in Leicester have received a rating of ‘good’ after a recent inspection by regulatory body Ofsted.
This certification marks out the city’s children’s services as among the best in the East Midlands, having been found to provide effective support for families during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ‘good’ rating, which is only second to ‘outstanding’ on Ofsted’s four-point scale, has bettered the 2017 inspection report that saw Leicester ‘requiring improvement’.
During a two-week visit at the end of September, inspectors looked at all areas of support provided, such as the impact of the city’s services on families and the experiences of children in care.
Among neighbouring authorities, only Lincolnshire has a higher rating.