HILLINGDON Children’s Services provide a highly-effective service to vulnerable adolescents in the borough, according to Ofsted inspectors.

The inspectors carry out one or two focused visits to councils between full inspections.

Following the latest visit in January, they highlighted that, from the first point of contact, risks are quickly identified and followed up with “decisive actions, plans and interventions”.

Hillingdon’s Children’s Services work with young people at risk of criminal or sexual exploitation, going missing from home, serious youth violence or family breakdown.

Inspectors commended the service on its innovative approach, based on developing trusted relationships.

They pointed to one area for improvement in the “capture, collation and recording of information of children who go missing”.