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Children's Services Performance Assessment 2008-9

In 2006, the council collectively signed up to making life better for children and young people and their parents and carers in Medway and set out its priorities and ambitions based on its analysis of local need. This work produced the Children and Young People’s Plan.

The Joint Area Review (JAR), which took place 100 days after the creation of the Children’s Services Directorate, provided the council with a comprehensive external assessment. Overall it was a positive experience, despite some tough, painful messages.

In 2007, the council's Annual Performance Assessment (APA) confirmed its own assessment of where it needed to put concerted pressure and energy, highlighted strengths and improvements and confirmed its direction of travel.

This was followed in 2008 by Making life better: Children's Services in Medway APA self assessment 2008 (pdf 2,300KB) and the APA Delivery/Action Plan 2008 (pdf, 65KB) You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to use these files. If you do not have it on your computer, please use our advice page.

Under the APA arrangements, Ofsted gave judgements against a broad overview of every council’s performance in relation to Children’s Services, including education, social care and health. Ofsted’s evaluations and judgements were drawn from a council’s self assessment, performance data and the views of agencies such as the local Government Office, the Youth Justice Board and the Healthcare Commission.

Although these arrangements have now been replaced by the government’s Comprehensive Area Assessment and inspection arrangements, as they relate to Children’s Services, Medway Council, as the Local Authority, has decided to continue with a performance assessment process along similar lines to the APA using the same judgement categories where possible.

The report for 2008-9 is available on this website.


For more information contact us by telephone: 01634 332204 or by email: childrens.services@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR