We have had our first monitoring visit from Ofsted, who spent two days with Kirklees Council, to check on the progress we have made since last year’s inspection.
Monitoring visits happen on a regular basis, usually four times per year, and Ofsted will continue to look at the progress we are making based on the recommendations in their 2016 report.
Inspectors gave us some valuable feedback about how we are doing so far with our improvement work, and on the areas which could be developed further. They recognised that we had made some positive changes, whilst acknowledging that we still have a long way to go.
Any visit from Ofsted is a valuable learning experience and we look forward to them returning later this year, so that we can again demonstrate how we are raising standards across our services for children, young people and families.
Our progress is also being supported by colleagues from Leeds City Council, who are currently working with us in the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub and helping to deliver change in this vital service. We see the involvement of our partners from Leeds as an important step forward which may well become part of a longer-term relationship.