Children's social care services in Greenwich have been widely praised by Ofsted, who have given the service a 'Good' rating across the board.

Ofsted inspectors performed a rigorous audit of Greenwich Council's children's social care services over four days in December.

And their verdict was overwhelmingly positive, with the inspection report citing a "well-trained, supported and motived workforce" carrying out "a good quality of work with children and their families" which has been sustained and improved.

The main message of the report was that "children who need help and protection receive a service that is timely and of good quality," and the council was given an overall 'Good' rating, the same rating given following the previous inspection in 2016.

The report stated: "Senior managers and leaders continue to demonstrate strong drive and ambition for children," adding that political leaders had invested well to ensure children's needs are prioritised.

Senior leaders reportedly have an accurate and realistic understanding of the strengths and areas for development, which they use to "continually improve services."

Ofsted praised the services provided to children in care, the use of multi-agency working and the "careful consideration" shown in care plans.

Lead by Her Majesty's Inspector Andy Whippey, Ofsted said that improvements should be made to the clarity of actions in plans for children and care leavers, the frequency and quality of frontline practice and oversight of children's care.

But care workers and leavers were recognised for their good service, working with children who knew them well, and are "tenacious and determined."

Jackie Smith, Greenwich Council's cabinet member for children's services and community safety, said: "“This inspection demonstrates the continued high standards delivered by our hard-working and dedicated children’s social care teams.

"Keeping children and young people in our borough safe and ensuring that they have strong foundations despite adversity is a top priority for the Council. I’m incredibly proud of all our staff for doing such a good job and also being acknowledged for it.”