Issue details

Ofsted Inspection of Medway's Children Services


This report will set out details of the outcome of the Ofsted Inspection of Children’s Social Care Services, provide information relating to the statutory direction issued by the Department for Education and give an overview of the actions already undertaken and planned in line with the Improvement Plan.


Access to Information

The report together with any other documents being considered (unless they contain exempt information) would normally be available for inspection 5 clear days before the decision is taken by the Cabinet. Copies are available on the Council's website or requested from Democratic Services Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR or email If you wish to submit information to the Cabinet about the item please also contact Democratic Services.


It is noted that the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements)(Meetings and Access to Information)(England) Regulations 2012 requires 28 clear days’ notice of the intention to make a key decision. On this occasion it has not been practicable to provide 28 clear days’ notice, nor 5 clear days’ notice, therefore Section 11 (Cases of special urgency) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements)(Meetings and Access to Information)(England) Regulations 2012 has been complied with. The Chairman of the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee has agreed that consideration of this report is urgent and cannot be reasonably deferred until the next Cabinet meeting on 24 September to enable the Cabinet to formally receive and consider the outcome of the inspection and the statutory direction at the earliest opportunity.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Decision made

Notice of proposed decision first published: 28/08/2019

Decision due: 3 Sep 2019 by Cabinet

Lead member: Councillor Mrs Josie Iles, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services – Lead Member (statutory responsibility)

Lead director: Ian Sutherland

Department: Children and Adults

Contact: Ian Sutherland, Director of People - Children and Adults Services Email: Tel: 01634 331212.

Relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committee:: Children and Young People

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