Improvements to our town centres and coastlines are getting lots of attention this summer but North Tyneside is not just about great places, it’s about great people, too.
I was immensely proud to read the excellent report from Ofsted following its focused visit to our ‘front door’ service, the first stop for people raising concerns about the safety of children.
Inspectors praised our “solid social work practice” and how effectively we work with other organisations, such as the police, to protect children in the borough.
The Care Quality Commission also recently gave the council a glowing report for its public health services, which includes health visitors and school nurses, and highlighted our “compassionate and sensitive care” and “highly motivated” staff.
Last week, our Cabinet approved plans to create a regional adoption agency to help children across the region to find their forever homes.
Under the current proposals, North Tyneside will lead and host the new agency and bring together neighbouring authorities and adoption charities to simplify the adoption process.
A public consultation is now live on the council’s website if you would like to give your views on the proposals.
All of this great feedback follows an Ofsted inspection in March 2017 that placed North Tyneside among the top ten children’s services departments in the country.
The council was given an overall ‘Good’ rating with ‘Outstanding’ features for its services to safeguard children.
It is so important that our children have choices and opportunities in their lives and I am very proud that services of this quality make sure they do.