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Birmingham care leavers to get council tax exemption

By on 24/01/2017 in Cllr Clancy, Cllr Jones, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council has today confirmed it will introduce a council tax exemption for care leavers. Recommended by the Child Poverty Commission, the city council immediately set the process in motion, resulting in today’s announcement. The 100 per cent council tax exemption will be mandatory for care leavers until age 21 and discretionary until age […]

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Wholly-owned company the best option for Children’s Trust

By on 17/01/2017 in Cabinet, Cllr Jones, News with 0 Comments

A cabinet report setting out the preferred option for the Birmingham Children’s Trust has today been published. Cabinet member for children, families and schools Cllr Brigid Jones sets out why this is the best option for our young people. “We want all our children to have a fantastic childhood, and every option has been considered […]

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Response to new early years funding formula

By on 06/12/2016 in Cllr Jones, News with 0 Comments

Funding figures have been released by the Department for Education showing that Birmingham nurseries will lose out to more affluent areas. Changes to the Early Years Funding Formula are set to reduce early education funding in Birmingham by even more than initially proposed, driving providers of nursery education and childcare towards closure. Final baseline funding […]

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Spot the warning signs of sexual exploitation this Christmas

As the festive season approaches, people are reminded to be aware of key warning signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE). The see me, hear me partnership made up of West Midlands councils and West Midlands Police is highlighting signs of this hidden crime in the run up to Christmas, to help people identify concerns and […]

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Response to Ofsted full inspection of children’s social care

By on 25/11/2016 in Cllr Jones, News with 0 Comments

Response to the Ofsted full inspection of Birmingham children’s social care The publication of the Ofsted report confirms that the overall rating is ‘inadequate’ as we previously acknowledged we would be at this stage in our improvement journey, but we remain on track in terms of progress made. The report confirms significant progress; indeed, some […]

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Options for Voluntary Children’s Trust

By on 14/09/2016 in Cabinet, Cllr Jones, News with 0 Comments

Two options for a voluntary children’s trust are proposed for further development, if approved by the city council’s cabinet. This follows the council’s decision in May that a children’s trust offers significant opportunities to improve children’s services. Further to an appraisal of 19 possible options, a wholly-owned company and an employee-owned mutual have emerged as […]

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Sexual exploitation campaign spreading the word

  A campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation is going big and bold on a key motorway route to spread the word about this hidden crime. Motorists travelling through the M6/M5 junction this bank holiday weekend will see the message ‘Could this be your child?’ on a large digital motorway sign. Aimed at […]

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See Me, Hear Me – CSE awareness campaign

By on 18/08/2016 in Cllr Jones, News, Partnerships with 0 Comments

A website raising awareness of child sexual exploitation has received almost 6,000 hits in the first two weeks of a new digital media campaign. The ‘Do you know what your friend’s doing’ campaign launched on 1 August, encouraging young people to look out for signs of grooming and sexual exploitation among their friends. Developed in […]

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Children’s services trust – the case for change

As the first cabinet report about moving the city council’s children’s services towards a trust is published, setting out the case for change and exploring a range of options, Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children, families and schools, sets out the case for change. We are at the start of the third year of […]

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Campaign tackles sexual exploitation of boys

By on 11/07/2016 in Cllr Jones, News, Partnerships with 0 Comments

Campaign tackles the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men People are encouraged to see the risks, not the gender and play their part in helping to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE). CSE can happen to boys as well as girls is the latest message from a regional campaign to raise awareness of […]

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