City & Hackney Local Safeguarding Children Board becomes the first in country to receive ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement

The City & Hackney Local Safeguarding Children Board has become the first in the country to receive an ‘outstanding’ judgement, following an Ofsted inspection of the City of London Corporation’s children’s services.

In the report, inspectors looked at all areas of the Corporation’s service, including its support to children that need help and protection, children in care and care leavers.

The Corporation’s senior leadership team also became only the sixth local authority in England to receive an ‘outstanding’ award. Overall, Ofsted rated its children’s services as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ aspects.

Ofsted said the Corporation’s “inspiring leaders” had shown “outstanding leadership, management and governance” in providing “exceptional outcomes” for children in its care.

The report says that the Corporation’s looked after children are provided with good education and healthcare, many leisure opportunities, high-quality independent fostering placements and a very effective social work support. Support can continue up to and sometimes beyond, the age of 25, whether or not they are in full-time education.

Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community & Children’s Services Committee, said:

“This result is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and practitioners. We are committed to helping the children in our care to do well in their lives and achieve their full potential.

“We care deeply about the young people we support and our social workers and children enjoy enduring relationships beyond childhood, which are built on meaningful time spent together.”

Jim Gamble QPM, Independent Chair of the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board, said:

“I am extremely proud of the team in the City and Hackney. Achieving the first outstanding judgement is the result of their hard work and relentless focus on what is best for our children and young people.

“We have built a system that works and it works because of leadership, commitment and a willingness to engage in constructive reflective practice. There is no burden of bureaucracy here. We collectively focus on what matters most, the data that informs debate and the learning that drives improvement.

“Our structure, our approach, our staff and every partner on the Board make a real difference. Ultimately, the investment in a senior professional advisor, right at the heart of the safeguarding team has pushed us and made us smarter.”

Read the full report here.

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The Aldgate Business Forum

The Aldgate Business Forum

We are currently looking for a venue for our next The Aldgate Business Forum meeting for Autumn 2016.

We require a space for at least 50 people along with the provision of drinks and finger food / canapes if possible.

The event will last for around 2 hours and the provider of the venue and food will be published and promoted as the sponsor for the event

We will run the event as a business networking event and will have a guest speaker present for a presentation.

If you can offer your venue to The Aldgate Business Forum or you would like to come along to The Aldgate Business Forum please contact me directly.

City Giving Day 2016

City Giving Day 2016

City Giving Day is an annual initiative run by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal that any companies in or linked to the city can get involved in.

This year it is on Tuesday 27th September which will be a day companies all promote and celebrate our charity and community at the same time. If you are a company in or linked to the city you can involved in the following ways;

1. Running an activity that raises employees engagement with your charity/community work

2. Holding a fundraiser to support either your charities or The Lord Mayor’s Appeal

3. Making a donation to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal which will be recognised through media opportunities and exclusive events.

All companies that take part in City Giving Day 2016 will also be invited to share their own charity/community stories as part of the bigger PR campaign.

To register your own company in City Giving Day 2016 please register here.

Mitre Square

Mitre Square Update

The City of London is delivering a new public square in Mitre Place in Aldgate Ward (separate to the adjacent Aldgate Square also being delivered by the City), and in conjunction with the private development at Creechurch Place improving the streets in the area.

Work is coming along well and now around 15% completed; paving works have been completed in Creechurch Lane and Mitre Street, works continue to facilitate a new ‘toucan’ crossing on the north side of Dukes Place and investigations to ensure the new vehicle turnaround in Creechurch Place have begun.

In order to deliver an enhanced public realm, the City is proposing to fully pedestrianise Mitre Square. As a result of the changes vehicles will no longer be able to park in Mitre Square, and the two existing disabled parking bays only will be relocated to Mitre Street and Creechurch Lane.

The small number of parents for Sir John Cass School who currently use Mitre Square to wait to pick up children will be provided with permits to wait on Mitre Street for a short period of time. Parents will be contacted directly in regards to this.

For more information on the project and to register for updates click here.

Crime In The Aldgate Ward

Murder In The Ward

We are very sad to confirm the death of Kabba Kamara who was stabbed to death outside Carravagio’s restaurant in Leadenhall Street in the early hours of Sunday 6th December 2015.

This 23 year-old man, with a young son and high hopes for the future, was stabbed to death in a needless act of violence.

Murders are, thankfully, very rare in the Square Mile and the last was in 2012. In investigating such serious incidents it is imperative the crime scene is meticulously analysed. This meant closing Leadenhall Street for a prolonged period of time. It is appreciated this can be an inconvenience to residents and visitors but is key to the success or failure of an investigation.

Our thoughts are with Kabba Kamaras’ family at this time. For more details please see here by Deputy Doug Barrow CC.

EU Referendum Survey Results

EU Referendum Survey Results

As you will remember from the last newsletter we sent you a link to an EU Referendum survey and the results are in.

52.50% thought that the City of London Corporation should adopt a position to remain in the EU, 25% to leave the EU and 12.5% that we should have a neutral position while a further 10% still weren’t sure which way to vote.

Many that completed the survey felt that they needed to listen to the debate more fully before making a decision while most felt that although it would be tricky at first these issues, whether the UK stay or go would be resolved in 2-3 years.

On the 3 March 2016 the full Council actually considered this matter.

First we considered whether the Corporation should adopt a position on the UK’s Membership of the EU. There was a very good and lengthy debate on this matter and the vote was 58 Councilmen and Aldermen in agreement and 37 against.

Further debate then ensued on what the position should be. By a show of hands it was resolved that the position should be set out in the following terms:

Taking into account the views of City stakeholders and businesses, the City of London Corporation supports the United Kingdom remaining a member of the European Union.

Therefore it was agreed that the City Corporation would support the UK remaining in the European Union.

Voters Lunch

I am organise a series of “meet your councilman” voter lunches and would really appreciate it if you could attend.

It would be great to meet you and have a conversation about any concerns, fears or questions you have about your ward.

Please email for upcoming dates as places for these voter lunches fill quickly.