Ofsted Rating for Services for Children in Leeds

Ofsted has rated services for children in Leeds as ‘Good’ overall after an unannounced inspection. The inspection focused on services for children in need of help and protection, looked after children and care leavers. WYCRC is an integral organisation within the partnership which supports great outcomes for children, young people and the families of Leeds.

Leeds becomes one of only eleven local authorities from over 40 inspected so far, under the current framework, to have achieved a ‘good’ rating overall (none have yet achieved ‘outstanding’ overall).

WYCRC continues to contribute to improvements in inter agency systems and through our involvement in the families. The Ofsted report states that Leeds has a successful Families First programme.

The programme draws upon a restorative approach and strong multi-agency partnerships, to create a single plan for a family with a clearly-allocated lead practitioner. WYCRC have been a key partner in the delivery of the Families First Programme. The Inspectors saw evidence of a positive impact on outcomes such as school attendance, crime reduction and employment.

Councillor Judith Blake Executive Member for Children and Families says ‘this report demonstrates that our approach and our partnership is working and gives us momentum to keep improving. We are all acutely aware of the challenges Leeds continues to face as a city if we are to make lasting improvements to the life chances of the next generation. Nevertheless, this report feedback highlights that our progress together and collective effort is taking us in the right direction.

Read the full Ofsted report for Leeds here: http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/local-authorities/leeds.