Labour councillor Megan Swift, Labour’s lead member for Children and Young People’s services, told full Council last night (20th July) of her delight at the progress that’s being made in improving children’s services in Calderdale.
Her comments came after a DfE review in May praised the progress being made by the Council. This follows the significant milestone reached last December when the Minister ended the Government’s formal intervention, which had been in place in some form since 2010.
Megan was also able to tell the Council about the progress that’s been made in having a stable team of social workers supporting young people, with no vacancies and no agency staff currently required.
I’m very proud that the hard work of the directorate has been recognised by the DfE – now the challenge is to make sure that the next time Ofsted come to Calderdale, we are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.
We want to give the children of Calderdale the best start in life and that means we work hard to give them the best education we can, from their early years to young adulthood. It means we make sure that they stay safe; it means we give them extra support when they need it to have a happy and healthy childhood and it means we’re there when they take their first steps as independent adults.
See also this Council press release.