Significant improvement in services for children and families

Members of Wakefield Council’s Cabinet will hear about the significant progress that is being made to improve services which look after the district’s most vulnerable children and young people.

The continuous improvement of Wakefield’s children’s services will ensure that children, young people and their families are safe and that the primary focus is on improving outcomes for children.

Since its visit by Ofsted in 2018, Wakefield has been on an improvement journey to improve the quality of its services to support children and young people in the district, who may be in need of help and protection.

Margaret Isherwood smiling
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

The most recent Focused Visit by Ofsted in November 2020 found that ‘improvements in the impact and effectiveness of partnership working are starting to make a real difference’ and that ‘greatly improved performance management information and a more rigorous approach to quality assurance provide a much clearer picture of the experiences and progress of children and families’.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “I am pleased to hear of the vast progress that is being achieved and the positive impact this is having on children and young people in our district.

“We know that there is still work to be done and we are working on our plans to deliver the next stages of improvement.

“Our goal remains to provide the best possible services for our children, young people and their families and I am confident that we are firmly on the way to making this a reality.”

Members of Wakefield’s Cabinet are meeting virtually on Tuesday 20 July at 10.30am to discuss the plans. The meeting can be watched live or later on the Council’s website.