MP seeks meeting with council leaders over children’s services
BATLEY AND SPEN MP Tracy Brabin has asked for an “urgent” meeting with council leaders to discuss the future of children’s services in Kirklees following a critical report.
Ms Brabin, inset, said she was “deeply concerned” about the state of Kirklees Council’s children’s services and called for “rapid” improvement.
A report commissioned by the Government, published on Thursday, found Kirklees Council “does not currently have the leadership and management capacity and capability” to make the changes needed.
The report was prepared by Eleanor Brazil who was appointed by the Government as commissioner for children’s services in Kirklees last year following a damning report by Ofsted which found “serious and widespread failures”.
Ms Brazil has recommended Kirklees enters into a partnership with Leeds City Council to improve children’s services.
Ms Brabin said her “first and primary concern is children’s safety and ensuring that the responsibility to children’s welfare is always met in Kirklees.”
She continued: “I continue to be deeply concerned by the Ofsted report of 2016, and, I believe that every child should benefit from high-quality support when they need it. For any child to go unprotected, or not to have their needs met, is unacceptable.” The partnership with Leeds City Council comes after that authority dramatically improved its children’s services, from being deemed inadequate by Ofsted in 2009, later receiving an adequate verdict in 2011, and then good with “outstanding leadership” in 2015.