The council is waiting on formal feedback from the first follow-up inspection of its children’s services, after they were rated “inadequate” earlier this year.

Trafford Council was slammed by social services watchdog Ofsted in March after it found a number of failings in its service provision.

Concerns raised included that children were being left in “neglectful” situations for “too long” and service bosses were unaware of the weaknesses in their provision.

Ofsted came back to Trafford on Tuesday October 15 and Wednesday October 16 for the first in a series of monitoring visits that will take place over the next 18 months.

This time, they carried out an inspection of front-line services and relevant paperwork to check in on any progress the council has made.

Trafford Council has now confirmed it expects to receive Ofsted’s formal inspection report by letter from as early as Friday November 1 following that visit.

The letter will summarise inspectors’ findings and give advice to the authority on how to improve its services further.

If Trafford Council disagrees with any of the findings, it then can respond to the letter and ask for amendments to be made.

Once both parties have agreed on the accuracy of the follow-up inspection report, it will be signed off and Trafford Council will begin to adopt any service changes Ofsted has recommended.

Inspectors will revisit Trafford once every three months for at least 18 months going forward as they continue to monitor the council’s progress.