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co-or­di­nat­ing a com­plex area of work and re­cruit­ing more per­ma­nent staff.

“As the re­port makes clear, all po­lit­i­cal par­ties un­der­stand the chal­lenge and have ex­pressed strong sup­port for what­ever is needed. The ad­di­tional sup­port which has al­ready come from Leeds – who have been on an im­prove­ment jour­ney of their own and have emerged as a na­tional partner in prac­tice – is in­creas­ing the pace of change. “The ded­i­ca­tion of our work­force in sup­port­ing chil­dren and fam­i­lies is equally cru­cial, so it’s pleas­ing that Eleanor has high­lighted the way staff are com­mit­ted to their work and to their com­mu­nity. This is a very pos­i­tive build­ing block.

“We ex­pect Of­sted to visit Kirklees in the near fu­ture for an­other mon­i­tor­ing visit, which will be a chance to demon­strate the progress we are un­doubt­edly mak­ing.

“At the same time, we have al­ways been clear that im­prov­ing chil­dren’s ser­vices can never be re­garded as a ‘quick fix’. Whilst we do have ar­eas of good prac­tice, it is a long-term chal­lenge to bring all of our work to the same high stan­dard.

“The com­mis­sioner’s re­port is an im­por­tant mile­stone and, al­though we have made sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments since it was writ­ten in March, it is help­ing to tighten our fo­cus on what needs to be done.

“Keep­ing chil­dren and young peo­ple safe, achiev­ing bet­ter out­comes and en­hanc­ing life chances is – and will re­main – an ab­so­lute pri­or­ity for the coun­cil and its part­ners.”

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