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Bucks Children's Services team praised for work during lockdown

They have had to change the way they work with vulnerable kids during this time.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:39am 7th July 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks Children's Services team praised for work during lockdown

The team working to keep vulnerable children safe in Buckinghamshire have been 'nothing short of amazing' during the pandemic.

That's from their boss - in an update being looked at today.

"Despite the significant challenges posed by C-19, the service reacted promptly and effectively to these unprecedented circumstances and has acted in a determined and focused way to continue our duty to protect children and young people.

"Our staff, without exception, have been nothing short of amazing and there is evidence that this crisis has enabled stronger relationships to be formed as a result of genuinely being all in this together."

We know Bucks' Children's Services is still trying to improve after two tough Ofsted reports, but the team have been praised for how they've adapted during lockdown.

Most meetings now happen virtually and around 90% of families are having regular contact this way and it's hoped this method will continue into the future.

That's because it has allowed more regular catch-ups than has sometimes been possible in the past.

Staff and partner agency meetings have also gone virtual, of course, and the report explains that these have been really helpful in maintaining service levels and could work well in the future.

What about the improvement plans?

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Buckinghamshire's children's services was rated 'inadequate' in 2014 and has been trying to improve ever since.

A lot of the improvement points need staff to meet children and families in person, so they can't really happen right now.

There are a lot of red and amber marks against key improvement points right now, but progress is being made.

But there is some good news, including a steady stream of new recruits - something that's been a big issue before - and there hasn't really been a rise in children needing help during lockdown.

Of the 15 children taken into care just after lockdown, 6 of those children were from one family.

The report says:

"The service is determined to continue to develop and improve, despite what is going on, and be in the best position possible to manage the potential challenges that lie ahead when something approaching normal life returns."

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