Jane Held, independent chair of the multi-agency Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board, will present her annual report to the education and vulnerable children overview and scrutiny committee on 25 November.
She said: “The report presents a positive picture of progress over the year in most aspects of the board’s work. There is clear evidence that as a result of the hard work put in by the local authority and partners, especially the NHS and West Midlands Police, children are safer in Birmingham and the most vulnerable are getting a better response. In addition, there is a lot of good work happening across the city, undertaken by frontline professionals from every agency who are quietly getting on with the job and doing above and beyond what is necessary to meet individual children’s needs which should be recognised and celebrated. There is of course much more still to do. We are ambitious for the city’s children. They deserve the best and we are central to helping the city’s services be the best in the country.”
Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We are now well over a year into our three-year improvement plan and we have achieved or have in train everything we said we would do in this first year. Children’s services is a top priority at Birmingham City Council and we have pumped much-needed money into the service, despite facing severe funding cuts. Children in Birmingham are not yet as safe as we want them to be, but they are certainly much safer than they were. We have a strong plan going forward and we know what we need to do. We must continue to drive our service forward to the standard all our children deserve.”