Commissioner no longer required to oversee Wakefield’s Children’s Services
The Government has
recognised the continued and sustainable progress being made into Wakefield’s
Children’s services by agreeing that there is no further need for a
Commissioner to oversee the transformation journey.
The Commissioner has endorsed Council's progress
Wakefield Council is
continuing to make improvements to its services for children and young people
and, based on the Commissioner’s recommendation, the Government has now
approved that no further review visits will be required.
The latest report from the
Commissioner in which the recommendation is made, also highlights “considerable
confidence” in the Council’s ability to receive more positive inspection
outcomes in the future.
The report also praises
the Council’s leadership in driving forward the improvements which is
“relentlessly ambitious for the organisation” and welcomes the priority and
attention focused on the delivery of sustainable improvements.
It highlights that
“important progress has been made in enhancing the tools, skills and resources
consistently available within and to the workforce to address the challenges
families are experiencing. Consequently, they are better placed to move beyond
better compliance to actually affecting change in the lives of children and
Corporate Director for Children and Young People, Beate Wagner, said: “The
Government’s decision is testament to the confidence in our improvement to date
and the plans in place for continued and sustainable transformation to our
“Inspectors have seen
recruitment into roles, strong governance being established and significant
financial investment at the frontline. But there is still more work to be done
and we are continuing in our systematic and staged approach to ensure that
services continue to improve.”
Cllr Margaret Isherwood,
Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “This decision by the
Government demonstrates their recognition of the vast improvements already made
and the strong plans in place for further improvement.
invaluable support and feedback has been key to our transformation journey,
helping to reinforce where we need to focus. The recognition that the oversight
by a Commissioner is no longer required, gives further confidence that we are
on track and moving at a sustainable pace.
“Children and young people
will continue to be at the heart of everything we do as we continue to progress
and plan for the future.”
The Council has been
working closely with the Independent Commissioner, Peter Dywer CBE, who was
appointed by the Department for Education in June 2018 following an Ofsted
inspection which judged services to be inadequate.
Mr Dwyer has been carrying
out regular reviews of the Council’s journey to transform services for its
children and young people. The Government have officially approved that no
further direct engagement of an appointment Commissioner is needed.
The Department for
Education will continue to monitor and support the Council and regular Ofsted
monitoring visits will continue.