Statement regarding Birmingham City Council children’s services:
As part of Birmingham City Council’s improvement journey it is the intention to move to a new model of children’s services – a voluntary trust.
We are now at the start of the third year of our agreed improvement journey plan and it is acknowledged by our Children’s Services Commissioner that expected progress has been made. Key to this has been putting families at the centre of social work. It is now the time to consider a model that has social workers at its centre.
This is something we have been discussing for some time with the Department for Education and this is the next logical step on our improvement journey. In moving to the next phase, Birmingham City Council and the DfE are committed to working together, along with our members, staff, partners and trades unions, on details of how the trust will operate.
At this time we are setting out our intention to move to a voluntary trust. In due course, however, a formal decision will need to be taken by Cabinet.