Cornwall children's services out of special measures

Cornwall's children's services department has been taken out of special measures by the government.

The Department for Education (DfE) created a team of Cornwall Council officials to improve services in 2009 after a damning report by inspectors.

Services were rated inadequate in 2009 and 2011 but the latest Ofsted report said there had been "significant improvements" and rated them adequate.

Children's services director Trevor Doughty said he was "delighted".

'Serious deficiencies'

He said: "All of us involved in working with vulnerable children in Cornwall are determined to build on this achievement and improve further."

Lucy de Groot, who chaired the Improvement Board of officials, said she was "very impressed" with progress.

She said: "It should not be underestimated just how serious the deficiencies were in 2009 and the report at the time was rightly damning.

"The improvement, as the Ofsted inspectors said, has been huge and I congratulate everyone involved.

"We now need to go on from here to build an outstanding service for children working across all agencies.

"I know there is the ambition and drive in Cornwall to achieve this."

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