Education and young people's watchdog Ofsted has given Kensington and Chelsea Council’s children’s services an ‘outstanding’ rating.

The report, published on March 29, saw the service achieve the top grade in four of the five areas inspected.

In its report, Ofsted inspectors said: “Services for children and young people in Kensington and Chelsea are outstanding because they are resourced, planned and delivered by an exceptional workforce, ably supported by the talented senior leadership team and strong governance structure.

“Good social work flourishes in Kensington and Chelsea. Positive characteristics of the exceptionally wide range of services available include consistently comprehensive and analytical assessments of need, detailed plans of intervention to help families to achieve positive change and unfailing management of scrutiny and oversight.”

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And, in summarising the service for children and young people, the inspectors felt that: “If you are a child who needs help and protection or to be looked after, this is one of the best places in the country to live.”

The news was welcomed by the council. A spokesman said: “This report recognises the incredible hard work and commitment of staff to provide the best outcomes to children and young people in often very challenging conditions.

“We want the best opportunities for all children in the borough and, while this report clearly demonstrates we are doing a lot of things very well, we believe there is always room for improvement and will therefore continue to work hard to make sure our children get the very best start in life.”