Ofsted inspections

About the Inspections of Local Authority Children’s Services (ILACS)

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

They inspect and regulate services for children, young people and families, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

During the inspection a team of Ofsted inspectors visit the council where they look at specific cases in detail and meet staff, managers and partners.

They also review documents, performance information and case audits to make their judgement.

What Ofsted were reviewing

Ofsted last carried out a full inspection of children’s social care services in July 2019, when the service was graded Inadequate.

Download the Ofsted report.

Following an Inadequate rating, Ofsted then follow up with quarterly monitoring visits to evaluate progress against the authority’s Improvement Plan which is shared with them.

Medway has had 2 monitoring visits in 2022 which were carried out in January and May, when inspectors recognised the progress which Medway has made, and found no child at risk of harm.

View the May 2022 Ofsted monitoring visit letter

The council is yet to be notified of any subsequent Ofsted visits.

Keeping you up to date with what we're doing

We will provide regular updates on developments and improvements to our staff and partners through newsletters and briefings.

Regular updates will also be provided to our different committees including the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  

Keeping Medway's children safe

We are taking all necessary steps to ensure that children are kept as safe as possible.

We will take immediate action where we do identify any risk to children.