Nottingham

Nottingham's child welfare rated as 'good'

The effectiveness of Nottingham City Council in safeguarding the welfare of children is good, according to a government report.

Ofsted and Quality Care Commission inspectors rated the service as good compared to an earlier adequate rating.

In a survey, more than 88% of children said that they felt safe or very safe in their communities.

Nottingham has almost 60,000 people under the age of 19, with 7,000 in homes affected by domestic violence.

Good training

The report said the city council and other local agencies had good training programmes in place for staff at all levels, focusing on early intervention and prevention.

The deployment of a dedicated police officer for children in care was described as "an outstanding example of effective support".

City councillor David Mellen said: "All too often, the issue of safeguarding only comes up on those thankfully rare occasions when things have gone wrong - so it's nice to be able to celebrate this success.

"We recognise the magnificent job that hundreds of dedicated staff do day in, day out, to protect some of society's most vulnerable children from harm."

The inspection was carried out in November and December 2010.

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