West Sussex County Council offers ‘adequate protection’ to children

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CHILDREN are being looked after much better by a council than in previous years, a report has stated.

West Sussex County Council has been rated by Ofsted as ‘a service that is doing what is required to keep children and young people safe’ following an inspection.

The ‘adequate’ rating comes after the last inspection rated the Chichester-based authority as ‘inadequate’.

Councillor Peter Evans, who heads children’s services at the council, said: ‘I’m pleased to say that officers and members have worked extremely hard to raise our game and, as a result, it’s pleasing to note that we’re making progress and have been ranked as adequate.’