The review saw an expert panel conduct an extensive appraisal which involved speaking with more than 100 people - including young people, foster carers, practitioners, managers and partners - alongside observing meetings, reviewing documentation and visiting various settings.
The full feedback report, which has recently been published on the council website, shows that the peer review team found a positive culture, a child-centred approach to work and a workforce that is committed and motivated to provide the best possible support and care for Warrington’s children and young people.
The peer review also found that the council works positively with partners, has effective leadership and has in place a number of resources to help young people in care and those who have recently left care.
The report highlighted that whilst the council’s children’s services are performing highly, the council needs to continue its work to ensure there are sufficient placements available for children taken into care, and should also consider further opportunities to invest in “grow your own” initiatives to retain and nurture social workers – including using more apprenticeships and developing stronger links with local education partners. The report also highlighted further opportunities for the council to play a more prominent role in supporting young people into employment.