Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds adoption services rated 'good' by Ofsted

Adoption services in Leeds have been rated "good" by government inspectors.

Leeds City Council adoption services were inspected by Ofsted in December as part of an announced visit.

The service was considered "good" at protecting children from harm or neglect, organisation and helping children make a positive contribution.

The report also stated the adoption service "provides outstanding support to people whose lives have been touched by adoption".

'Future improvements'

The report said: "This is a good adoption service with significant strengths.

"It operates with a clear focus on providing good outcomes for children through adoption.

"It is well managed strategically and operationally."

Several recommendations were made in the report including safety assessments to consider the risks of family pets and ensuring there are sufficient staffing resources for tracing and birth records.

Nigel Richardson, director of children's services at the council, said: "This is a great report, but we will not rest on our laurels and are already working on the inspectors' recommendations to secure future improvements."

The report acknowledged the adoption service had addressed all the recommendations made in the last inspection report in 2008.

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