Outstanding staff and leadership, delivering high quality services, and innovative practice for children and young people in Perth and Kinross have been recognised by the Care Inspectorate in a report published this week.
The report on services for children and young people delivered by community planning partners in Perth and Kinross, found that staff and leaders are committed to driving improvement and delivering positive outcomes to support the health, safety and wellbeing of children and young people at all stages of their lives, from prenatal care right through to adulthood.
For the nine quality indicators considered by the inspectors Perth and Kinross was awarded two ‘excellent’ ratings – for planning and improving services, and for leadership of improvement and change. The remaining indicators included 6 ‘very good’ ratings, and 1 ‘good’.
Since 2008, strategic inspections have consistently highlighted exceptional leadership and an extremely strong and ambitious vision for child protection and children’s services in Perth and Kinross. To maintain excellence over this period is an outstanding achievement and a tribute to the highly committed, caring and compassionate staff delivering services to children, young people and families across our communities.
Councillor Murray Lyle, Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said, “The health, wellbeing and safety of our children and young people is one of the most important areas of responsibility for any public sector organisation. This inspection report confirms that this is a high performing area delivering real outcomes for our communities. The strength of leadership recognised by the inspectors, as demonstrating a “compelling vision” and “culture of highly aspirational partnership working” can be seen in the many outstanding areas of practice and major strengths highlighted within this report. That is something which everyone in Perth and Kinross can be rightly proud of.”
The inspection report highlights that the impact of strong leadership from the top can be found at staff at all levels, with the Council’s approach to staff learning being particularly recognised as supporting an “authorising culture and environment whereby staff were empowered to be innovative and creative, to make decisions and take action”.
Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Bernadette Malone said, “The joint inspection report highlights very effective partnership working, and shows positive improvements in the wellbeing of children and young people delivered by excellent professional and strategic leaders, and passionate, committed and innovative staff. Importantly, the inspection team identified the strength of our culture and the quality of relationships as key in enabling staff to perform at their very best for children and families.”
The Child Protection Committee for Perth and Kinross was one of the areas highlighted as sector-leading practice. The inspectors noted it as a model of its type, demonstrating effective partnership working and leadership to deliver high levels of sustained performance in working towards improvement and ensuring that children, young people and families are involved in how their work is shaped and delivered.
NHS Tayside Chief Executive Malcolm Wright said, “I welcome the findings of this report, which recognise the impact of effective partnership working to drive improvement and support the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Perth and Kinross.
“The positive report demonstrates the dedication and commitment of staff delivering services to children, young people and families across the communities in Perth and Kinross.”
NHS Tayside Chairman John Brown said, “It is essential that children, young people and families can access the right support, for the right services, at the right time.
“This inspection report highlights the importance of collaborative working with community planning partners in Perth and Kinross to support services that continue to deliver improved outcomes for children and young people.”
The inspectors highlighted a number of particular strengths, making a positive difference for children and young people in Perth and Kinross:
– sophisticated and intelligent use of data to inform and support decision making, service planning and delivery and management of performance.
– Services that effectively support parents and carers to become increasingly resilient, confident and able to provide nurturing and secure care.
– An extensive range of services enabling children, young people and families to access the right support, from the right service, at the right time.
– consistent and sustained commitment to self-evaluation and continuous improvement.
You can read the report at www.careinspectorate.com