Ofsted has published their verdicts for Council's Children's Services Departments. It rates 28 councils (including Hammersmith and Fulham) as "excellent" in this area.

Councils judged to be performing poorly are Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Slough, Birmingham, Calderdale, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cornwall, Kent, Peterborough, Salford, Sandwell, Torbay, West Sussex and Worcestershire.

Of course there is the proviso that Ofsted may sometimes by judging by the wrong criteria – box ticking, is there a policy in place for this, for that…health and safety…diversity awareness, etc. Other criteria though are most robust about the standard of protection being given to vulnerable children. I suspect that those Ofsted say are performing poorly probably are performing poorly.