A raft of measures to turn around ailing children's social care services in Hounslow have been announced following a critical Ofsted report.
A new intensive support system for young people at risk of going into care, and a dedicated team to help those leaving the council's guardianship are among the changes already introduced or on their way in.
Inspectors, who were assessing the council for the first time under new, tougher criteria, found no major failings or evidence young people were being put at risk.
But they said too little was being done to prevent children being taken into care in the first place and to ensure those already in care kept up with their peers at school, among other shortcomings.
Last night, at the first meeting of the new Labour cabinet, Tom Bruce, the member for children's services, unveiled the council's response, outlining how it plans to address the concerns raised.
"We know what areas we need to work on to reach the good rating and have an improvement plan in place which is addressing the issues the inspectors raised. We’re already seeing signs of embedded improvement," he told fellow cabinet members.
As an example of how the council had taken on board inspectors' comments, he highlighted how only the previous day its assistant regeneration director Heather Cheesbrough had spoken to young care leavers about apprenticeship opportunities.
Some of the key improvements outlined in the council's 12 page response, which will be sent to Ofsted, were:
* creating a post-18 care leavers' team, linking up with social workers
* setting up an intensive six-week support programme for children at risk of being taken into care, addressing issues within the family
* reviewing existing systems to identify children at risk of sexual exploitation
* introducing half-termly progress meetings for children in care, looking at their achievement, attendance and exclusion records
* giving cared for children feedback cards twice a year so they can have their say on services
However, Councillor Sachin Gupta last night defended her, saying Ms Bath, who is now cabinet member for adult social care and health, had worked hard to address the issues both before and after the report's publication.