Cllr Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Mooney is characteristically bullish about the turnaround in Children’s Services that have previously been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted and is telling us children’s services are ‘much improved’ . However ,even after £20 million of additional funding has been pumped into this vital area of work , dare we suggest that there are areas of Children’s and Young People’s Department , such as Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) – see SEND for Help and further correspondence we have received including from a concerned parent below, where it seems there’s a long way to go on the ‘improvement journey’…
This is particularly in light of the fact we all wait with breath held for Ofsted to finally drop in on the department.
Both of mine were failed considerably by the department and have ongoing concerns as a result – being out of school since May and July 2018. Whilst Mr Boyce has refused to share the report with the parents, I know the concerns I took to the ‘whistleblower’ and these are very serious actions – which continue with my children to this day.
I have tried to approach Mr Wood – new SEN lead and purported to be ‘the one’ to change the department around. Rather than be the hero to uproot the failings of the department and exact the change that the citizens had hoped for, it seems he is just overseeing the demise of the department whilst the children suffer.
Whilst he arrived with a ‘considerable number’ of tribunal cases when he started in August and his ability to influence them was ‘very limited’ what he is now willing to acknowledge is that “the best interests of the children have definitely not been at the forefront of everyone’s thinking”.
Now let’s pause here for a moment. As a parent who had tribunals lodged at that time and knowing that my children’s interests were most definitely at the forefront of my thinking, it is clear from this admission that Mr Wood knows the SEN department do not have children’s interests at the forefront of their thinking. Wirral SEN department – part of ‘Children and Young People’s Department’. Worrying at best.
In light of the report that led to the letter sent to parents in October 2018 – some 2 months later, it would appear that the children’s interest continued to remain ‘not at the forefront of everyone’s thinking’
Mr Wood then goes on to state that he has secured extra funding but it is ‘ironic’ that so much of the departments time remains committed to tribunals. Unsurprising given his assertion in the previous paragraph – this being the only recourse available to parents when it appears staff within the department ‘definitely’ do not have the ‘children’s interests at the forefront of their thinking” and therefore refuse the support that is so obviously needed. Please forgive me for failing to get my violin out at this point!
Given his background is in digging up fossilised tortoise droppings, perhaps attempting to write Wirral history rather than simply study it is a step too far for Mr Wood…