Appointment of Commissioner announced

22/08/2018, PR8860A

Wakefield Council has welcomed the appointment of a Commissioner who will review the ability of the Council to make the necessary improvements at pace.

Wakefield city centre

​Peter Dwyer, the former Director of Children’s Services at North Yorkshire County Council, has been appointed by the Department for Education to make a thorough report into the Council and to consider what happens next.

The Council has pledged to put the needs of children at the heart of children’s social care transformation, following the Ofsted report in June.

Merran McRae, Chief Executive of Wakefield Council, said: “We welcome the appointment of the Commissioner and we will co-operate fully with Mr Dwyer throughout the process.

“Our priority is to ensure that services are brought up to the standard our children and families need and deserve and we are determined to deliver this.

“Changes are already underway to strengthen our services. We’re recruiting more family support and social workers to make sure help is available to children, young people and families who need it.

“We have already strengthened the senior team and continue to recruit to key positions, both on the management team and frontline.”

The Commissioner’s report will run in tandem with the Council’s plans to make improvements recommended by Ofsted.

An additional £3m has already been put into the Children’s Services budget, and a further £1m allocated to the improvement plan which will be submitted to Ofsted for approval in October.

The improvement plan will be closely monitored both by Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, Merran McRae, Chief Executive, and by the Department of Education.

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