Ofsted Rating (2015/16)

‘GOOD’ Ofsted rating with some areas of 'outstanding' practice.

  • In the top 22% of local authorities in the country. 
  • No authority has been judged outstanding.


Possitive highlights:

  • Social workers act quickly to ensure safety - by knowing the children well, understanding their needs, visiting them often and listening to what they tell them to establish trusting relationships
  • Successful and positive impact - where children and young people remain in their families where possible
  • Possitive response from Parents - saying they receive the right sort of help when they need it and value the support.
  • Strong leadership - of dynamic and capable leaders and managers
  • Signs of Safety (SOS) framework - that has a positive impact in underpinning its services and casework
  • Good outcomes from focus on safety, stability and permanence
  • Good early help services – through timely and suitable early help with assessment of needs
  • High priority for assessing risk - sexual exploitation is being identified with strong cooperative working relationships with the police


Ofsted also recognised:

  • Exceptional Adoption service - is well run, managed and resourced.
  • Suffolk’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) - is rated GOOD.

What our Social Workers have to say...

Social Worker Victoria Morphew
Victoria Morphew

“Working in Suffolk County Council you cross paths with lots of other professionals; everyone is really friendly and all want to build really good working relationships. You have a great network of contacts and support here.”

Social Worker Tunde Oyeniyi
Tunde Oyeniyi

“I have been at Suffolk County Council almost 7 years and been ABE trained, completed a post qualifying specialist award in children and families with the University of East Anglia and have my Practice Educator award.”

Social Worker Cheryl Robinson
Cheryl Robinson

"I am proud to be a Social Worker in Suffolk, making a real difference to Children and their families lives."

Social Worker Jade McMurray
Jade McMurray

“There’s nothing better than when you’ve been able to make those changes and support a family along their journey and to have such a positive outcome, when you’re able to step back and let them do it for themselves.”

Social Worker Leon Gillings
Leon Gillings

“I chose social work because I liked the idea how helping people whilst also being accredited as a professional. I wanted a career that was meaningful, full of challenge and diversity and that I could be proud to be a part of.”

Social Worker Charnine De'ath
Charnine De'ath

“Our role is about getting people to see that there is something better out there for them and their children and that they are able to make the positive changes for themselves with the support of us and their family & friends - We empower families and give them the confidence to make changes”