MP seeks meet­ing with coun­cil lead­ers over chil­dren’s ser­vices

Yorkshire Post - - PLOITICS & ECONOMY -

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.

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