Children’s centres in deprived areas ‘not meeting the needs of families’ says Ofsted

Bournemouth Echo: ‘REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT’: The children’s centre in Southbourne ‘REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT’: The children’s centre in Southbourne

CHILDREN’S centres in two deprived areas are not meeting the needs of families in the area, according to government inspectors.

Centres in Pokesdown and Southbourne have both been ranked as “Requires Improvement” following visits by Ofsted.

The centres, in Stourvale Road and Somerset Road, are run by the YMCA on behalf of Bournemouth council and are collectively known as South Bournemouth Children’s Centres.

The report said: “Overall the group is not regularly engaging the large majority of families from the most deprived areas, especially within Southbourne.

“The local authority is not ensuring that information from the Department of Work and Pensions, local police and health partners is presented in a timely and helpful format for the group to have a clear and specific identification of the needs of lone parents, families experiencing domestic violence or teenage parents.”

Cllr Blair Crawford, chief executive of the Bournemouth YMCA and cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We’ve got 200 very vulnerable families in Southbourne and we simply do not have enough resources to help all of these people.

“I certainly don’t see this report as a disaster, it is realistic and the centres do need to improve.

“We all need to work together In Pokesdown and Southbourne to raise our game.”

The Ofsted report highlighted that both areas are within of the top 70 per cent of the most deprived areas nationally and contain varying levels of deprivation.

Ofsted also revealed that parental responses gathered by the centres show comparatively lower levels of satisfaction for the support, information and advice around employment, general benefit advice and tax credit information.

Jane Portman, executive director of adult and children services at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “The South Bournemouth Children’s Centres are commissioned to the YMCA and we will be working closely with them to address the issues identified in the recent Ofsted report.

“In particular, we are working hard to supply all of our children’s centres with the level of data now required by the new inspection framework.”

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9:04am Tue 10 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

Who monitors Ofsted in their decisions/assessment
s ?
Who monitors Ofsted in their decisions/assessment s ? BIGTONE

10:44am Tue 10 Dec 13

jinglebell says...

"Jane Portman, executive director of adult and children services at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “The South Bournemouth Children’s Centres are commissioned to the YMCA and we will be working closely with them to address the issues identified in the recent Ofsted report.".....mmm
You would imagine that this means its incredible difficult to arrange this, however, the Chief Ex. of the YMCA in B'mth is also a B'mth Councillor so you would have thought it would be even easier for them to have already done this!
"Jane Portman, executive director of adult and children services at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “The South Bournemouth Children’s Centres are commissioned to the YMCA and we will be working closely with them to address the issues identified in the recent Ofsted report.".....mmm You would imagine that this means its incredible difficult to arrange this, however, the Chief Ex. of the YMCA in B'mth is also a B'mth Councillor so you would have thought it would be even easier for them to have already done this! jinglebell

11:13am Tue 10 Dec 13

s-pb2 says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Who monitors Ofsted in their decisions/assessment

s ?
Good point. I have heard many in the know question Ofsted's judgements and the way they go about their inspections
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Who monitors Ofsted in their decisions/assessment s ?[/p][/quote]Good point. I have heard many in the know question Ofsted's judgements and the way they go about their inspections s-pb2

3:32pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Old Colonial says...

"Cllr Blair Crawford, chief executive of the Bournemouth YMCA and cabinet member for adult social care,..." so no conflict of interest then?
"Cllr Blair Crawford, chief executive of the Bournemouth YMCA and cabinet member for adult social care,..." so no conflict of interest then? Old Colonial

5:00pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lord Spring says...

Deprived what is deprivation. in this welfare state.
Deprived what is deprivation. in this welfare state. Lord Spring

6:13pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Old Colonial says...

Jane Portman.."“In particular, we are working hard to supply all of our children’s centres with the level of data now required by the new inspection framework.”

You have the entire resources of a local authority to do this, so farming out the service to a third party should be no excuse. Is there nobody on your staff charged with keeping up to date on regulations? Maybe the Council needs to find directors who can actually direct. Lessons will be learned I suppose.
Jane Portman.."“In particular, we are working hard to supply all of our children’s centres with the level of data now required by the new inspection framework.” You have the entire resources of a local authority to do this, so farming out the service to a third party should be no excuse. Is there nobody on your staff charged with keeping up to date on regulations? Maybe the Council needs to find directors who can actually direct. Lessons will be learned I suppose. Old Colonial

11:19pm Tue 10 Dec 13

sea poole says...

Bigtone- every inspection report is quality assured. If there are concerns about the judgments Her Majesty's Inspectorate will examine contents. There's enough data in the public domain to ensure that almost all inspection reports are accurate. Why are you concerned about these reports? Do you think they're wrong?
Bigtone- every inspection report is quality assured. If there are concerns about the judgments Her Majesty's Inspectorate will examine contents. There's enough data in the public domain to ensure that almost all inspection reports are accurate. Why are you concerned about these reports? Do you think they're wrong? sea poole

7:58pm Wed 11 Dec 13

s.midd says...

I don't really care what Ofsted say with their facts and figures. The children's centres have been a lifeline for me and my kids and the staff are hardworking, dedicated and like a second family. I think this is all totally unfair. I know so many parents who love the centres and couldn't live without them. I really feel for the staff.
One of the ladies at Pokesdown has been an inspiration to me and my son. She plays the guitar, always has time for me, has taught me so much and always has a smile. We all love her.
The centre is a safe haven.
I don't really care what Ofsted say with their facts and figures. The children's centres have been a lifeline for me and my kids and the staff are hardworking, dedicated and like a second family. I think this is all totally unfair. I know so many parents who love the centres and couldn't live without them. I really feel for the staff. One of the ladies at Pokesdown has been an inspiration to me and my son. She plays the guitar, always has time for me, has taught me so much and always has a smile. We all love her. The centre is a safe haven. s.midd

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