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Warm welcome for new Director of Children’s Services

Published July 27, 2018 at 10:45

Jayne Ivory has started as new Director of Children’s Services at Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Jayne started her career 31 years ago as an assistant social worker at Lancashire County Council, before being given the chance to undertake a postgraduate diploma in social work at Lancaster University. She also gained her CQSW – the certificate and qualification in social work.

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We are featured in Community Care magazine


Ofsted inspectors have praised our efforts to maintain standards in the face of unprecedented budget cuts.

In a report published last week, we were delighted to hold onto our overall ‘good’ rating. Inspectors praised our “committed and passionate” director of children’s services (DCS) had “advocated for our department against a backdrop of competing priorities”, with the money being reinstated in 2017 after a review.

“This has led to improvements in staffing and management oversight, which have resulted in reduced caseloads, some better supervision and an increased timeliness of work,” Ofsted said, adding that “morale is high” among social workers.

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Ofsted – Good rating – 9.12.17

We are delighted to have been officially rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, following their thorough inspection in September/October 2017.
The sub-judgements are:

  • The experiences and progress of children who need help and protection requires improvement (requires improvement)
  • The experiences and progress of children looked after and achieving permanence (good)
  • Adoption performance (good)
  • The experience and progress of care leavers (good)
  • Leadership, management and governance (good)
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board (good)

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Ofsted have just finished their four week inspection of some of our Children’s services


Ofsted have just finished their four week inspection of our services – it will be a few weeks until we know the full outcome.

We have been really proud to show them around, to see the range of services we offer and to meet all the fab employees in our teams.

In our usual spirit, we will embrace all the feedback we receive and continue to drive our services forward to ensure the best outcomes for our children and families.

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