Positive outcome from our Ofsted inspection

Children’s Services in Kirklees have improved significantly, according to a new Ofsted inspection report.

The report highlights the progress made in developing support for children and young people, stating that the authority is showing clear and focused leadership; a strengthening of partnerships; and improved workforce stability.

It adds that there are no widespread or serious failures, children who need help and protection are now recognised and the risk of significant harm is quickly responded to.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:

“This is excellent news and I am grateful to Ofsted for their comments, which show they have seen stepped improvement.
These improvements are down to strong leadership and staff who work tirelessly to help our children and young people. My ambition is for Kirklees Council to have one of the best Children’s Services in the country and the progress we have made is moving us in that direction.”

Mel Meggs, our Director of Children’s Services, said:

“We are pleased that Ofsted have recognised the real progress that has been made across the board. This has been achieved by hard-working staff and committed partners and means we are in a strong position to continue our improvement programme.
We will always protect and support and always promote better outcomes, to help children fulfil their potential.
The Ofsted report also outlines a number of areas for further improvement, which is reflected in the judgement of ‘requires improvement to be good’. We are already making good progress with these changes and our ambition is to be judged outstanding in the next Ofsted inspection.
We have a dedicated and hard-working team who care passionately about those they care for and support. It is thanks to them that we are seeing the steady improvements we are making.”

Cllr Viv Kendrick, our Cabinet member for Children, said:

“This is an important milestone for Kirklees. Ofsted have highlighted the strides we have made and commented on the much improved standards that I see on a daily basis.
Improvements have been made, but we must never be complacent and must never stop aiming to achieve the highest standards of care and support for those who need our help the most. The Ofsted report highlights issues as well as achievements and we will address them.
We want children and families to have positive experiences, to receive the right support at the right time and to be happy and healthy. There is, of course, more work to be done and I am committed to continuing our improvements to be good and outstanding in the months and years to come.”

The inspection of Children’s Services took place in June and was the first in Kirklees since 2016. Ofsted’s report confirms that Kirklees is no longer considered inadequate in any of its service areas. There is more information on the council website.

7 comments

  • That’s a masterful piece of misinformation. So what was the overall grading?

    • Hi Fej, thank you for your comment. The overall outcome of the inspection is included in the article and is ‘requires improvement to be good’. ^EMT

  • It would be interesting to have more specific info in this PR piece on what is now ok v what was previously an utter failure. After all, it’s only a few years since OFSTED gave superb ratings to Kirklees Children’s Services only for us to find out afterwards that, throughout this period of claimed excellence, it had been negligently handling a large number of child rape cases (almost exclusively involving immigrants from Pakistan and/or their sons) and for OFSTED to later decide that the department was ‘inadequate’. Hmmm.

  • So it is still REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT improvement!!!

  • Still don’t understand the wording! “Requires improvement to be good” so does this mean that they got good or still need to achieve good?

  • Anonymous Input

    Had I known of this ofsted inspection I would have made a detailed notification on children services of Kirklees

  • Excellent news and well done to all the people involved in obtaining this improvement in child services.

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