Children’s services ‘performing well’

EAST Riding of Yorkshire Council has enjoyed another pleasing Ofsted result.

First their fostering service was graded ‘good’ overall and now the authority’s children’s services have been judged to ‘perform well’ following a recent assessment.

Ofsted inspectors found that the performance of 2010 had been largely sustained and noted that a number of strengths, including the majority of early years and children’s centre provision, is now good or better.

The report stated that the majority of nursery and primary schools in the East Riding make good or better provision for children under the age of five, while Key Stage 2 results are in line with similar areas and the national average.

However, there were some less positive findings as Juliet Winstanley, the divisional manager of Ofsted’s children’s services assessment noted that the two local authority children’s homes, both good last year, are now only satisfactory.

Inspectors also highlighted several other areas for improvement but said that although one secondary school continues to be inadequate, monitoring visits show that the local authority is providing good support.

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and schools, said: “The outcome of this assessment is pleasing and comes on the back of some excellent inspection outcomes in both the adoption and fostering services as well as our children’s centres.”

Alison Michalska, director of children, family and adult services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, added: “We continually strive to improve outcomes for children and young people, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable.

“This is a good reflection of the services offered to the children and young people in the East Riding.”