SERVICES caring for children in Essex have been rated as good.

Ofsted judged the services, which are run by Essex County Council to help, protect and care for children and youngsters, to be good in all areas.

Inspections were carried out earlier this year and particularly looked at services for children in need of help and protection, as well as children who are in care.

Essex county councillor Dick Madden, who is responsible for children’s services, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the good rating that Essex has received.”

In August 2010, an Ofsted inspection judged Essex County Council to be inadequate in safeguarding and looked after children.

The council’s services were re-inspected in October 2011 and were rated as adequate.

Dave Hill, Essex County Council’s director of children’s services, said: “Being a social worker can be difficult, emotionally draining, challenging and frustrating, but on days like today we can all hold our heads high and recognise that we are making a positive difference to the lives of children in Essex.

“It is a fantastic achievement for our employees and I would personally like to thank them for their efforts.”