After an inspection which took place at the end of 2019, OFSTED rated Ealing Council’s children’s’ services as “requires improvement to be good”.
The report included processes and treatment of vulnerable children including 'looked after' children and care leavers. There were 6 areas where Labour-run Ealing Council have been told to improve, including three most damning areas:
1) Quality of response to those at risk of being homeless and children who might be taken in care:
Children and young adults, often from abusive home environments, should always be treated as a priority to be housed as they are the most vulnerable group with the biggest risk of safety.
2) How responses to referrals and child protection enquiries are dealt with:
The lack of a consistent response to many referrals or tip offs is a reason that Labour-run Ealing Council may be putting children who are possibly living in an abusive environment, or suffering from domestic violence, at risk of danger.
3) Lack of accommodation for care leavers:
Those freshly out of care often require more support to re-integrate into everyday lives, yet they are let down by the Labour-run Ealing Council where the report indicates they have failed to consistently provide the suitable accommodation essential for them to be able to lead independent lives and become contributing members of our society.
Councillor Gary Malcolm said: "Is this what our children and vulnerable care leavers deserve from Ealing Council, which is run appallingly by Labour? Liberal Democrats believe we must demand better and make sure that our children are kept safe. At a meeting recently I spoke up to call for Ealing Council to review the workings of the Education department of the Council to ensure that improvements take place."