Ofsted abolition plan slammed by Children's Services Chair

Commenting on calls by the Labour Party to scrap Ofsted, the Chair of Wirral’s Children’ and Families Scrutiny Committee, Cllr. Wendy Clements, said: “This is a recipe for disaster.  Ofsted may not be popular with everyone – that’s not their job – but nobody doubts their independence and impartiality.  A consistent national approach to school inspection is vital."

"Had it not been for Ofsted, the services Wirral provides for children and young people would still be a basket case.  It was only after Ofsted stepped in, revealing the Council to be inadequate, that anyone sat up and took notice.  

“If Labour plans to hand inspection of children's services, as well as schools, over to councils such as Wirral that means that local authorities will be inspecting themselves. 

“Labour’s half baked plans, to cosy up to some union leaders, could result in putting children at risk.”

The investigation of Wirral’s Children’s Services by Ofsted in 2016 revealed vulnerable children were being subjected to unacceptable delays leading to them facing ever-increasing risks and branded as ‘inadequate’ the safeguarding board set up to protect children, saying its members had failed to ensure they were free from being influenced. 

The independent watchdog also found almost all the problems disclosed by its inspection were known by senior council leaders.

The Cabinet Member and Director of Children’s Services both left their posts shortly after and an Improvement Board was appointed.

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