Westminster overcomes Child B legacy in Ofsted probe

Westminster Council’s children’s services won praise from inspectors today, despite criticism levelled at it earlier this year following the Child B abuse case.

The Ofsted joint area review found arrangements for safeguarding children and young people and services for looked-after children were good.

Support for children who misuse substances was also good and outcomes for those using child and adolescent mental health services were “outstanding”, according to the review.

It said staff “are supervised and trained very effectively and have well-controlled caseloads” and found looked-after children did well overall because they “receive effective health care, they are in stable placements and staff collaborate effectively across agencies to meet their needs”.

Westminster Council came under fire in February after Kimberley Harte and Samuel Duncan were imprisoned for torturing their four-year-old daughter, known as Child B, who has cerebral palsy.

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