Wakefield Council in top ten for children with ‘high needs’

04/07/2019, PR-9109

​Wakefield Council has been ranked in the top ten of local authorities in England for supporting children and young people with high needs.

Independent organisation IMPOWER has devised a new way to assess the effectiveness of services for children with physical and mental health needs. Using an analysis of data they focused on where the best outcomes for children were achieved in both mainstream and special schools.

Wakefield Council has been ranked as the sixth best performer overall.

Beate Wagner, Corporate Director for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: "We are fully committed to ensuring that all children in our district have the support they need to achieve their goals and to thrive.

"It is very positive that our approach to supporting children and young people with high needs has been recognised and highly praised. But we are not complacent and we remain fully committed to the continual improvement of our services."

IMPOWER says its assessment aims to stimulate debate, question the value that current national funding of £6billion has brought, ask how systems can change, and what can be learned from the best performing councils.