Birstall and Birkenshaw children’s centre failed to do enough in Spen

Birstall and Birkenshaw Children's Centre, in Fieldhead Crescent, Birstall has received a poor Ofsted report.

Birstall and Birkenshaw Children's Centre, in Fieldhead Crescent, Birstall has received a poor Ofsted report.

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Children and families are not getting enough support from a children’s centre, Ofsted inspectors claimed.

Staff at Birstall and Birkenshaw Children’s Centre, in Fieldhead Crescent, Birstall, were criticised for not engaging with families in the Spen area who need the services the most.

Liversedge and Gomersal lost its SureStart service in a merger with the centre in Birstall due to council cuts.

The centre, in Shirley Avenue, Gomersal, still exists but only as a satellite service.

And Ofsted said not enough is being done to target those in Gomersal, Littletown and Liversedge, despite equal need.

Inspectors gave the Birstall centre a “requires improvement” verdict on a first visit since the merger in January.

The report said: “While activities are planned in Gomersal and Littletown and Liversedge, the centre team is unable to engage with and give priority to those families who need the services most.”

Inspectors praised staff for high levels of contact with poorer families in the Birstall and Birkenshaw areas.

A council spokesman said: “The report highlights a number of positives, including the good level of support for individuals and families, particularly in a crisis, the quality of resources and the high levels of work to safeguard children.

“The report rightly points out that improvements already being seen.”