Tag: children’s social care

Birmingham Children’s Trust chief executive appointed

By on 09/05/2017 in News with 0 Comments

Plans to establish the new Birmingham Children’s Trust have taken a significant step forward with the appointment of the organisation’s first Chief Executive. Andy Couldrick has been chosen for the post by a selection panel including representatives from the city council (both officers and members), the Department for Education, the Birmingham Children’s Commissioner and the […]

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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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New Chief Social Worker appointed

By on 20/10/2015 in Blog, News with 0 Comments

Dr Tony Stanley, the new Chief Social Worker for Birmingham City Council, talks about his role.   Arriving in Birmingham has been a few months in the planning, and I am delighted to finally be here. After seven years in east London, with the amazing Borough of Tower Hamlets (as their Principal Social Worker for […]

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Executive director of children’s services appointed

By on 29/10/2014 in Cllr Jones, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council has announced the appointment of Alastair Gibbons as the new executive director for children’s services, covering all aspects of children’s social care. The role, reporting directly to strategic director for people Peter Hay, is to drive through the improvement agenda, ensuring proper oversight of a substantial change programme agreed by Lord Warner, […]

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Response to Ofsted report on children's social care

By on 15/10/2013 in News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council’s response to Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments in his annual national report on the state of children’s social care: “We are already on record as saying that we have failed to meet the basic expectation of keeping vulnerable children in this city safe. This is a long-standing problem which we acknowledge and the […]

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Response to Ofsted report

By on 20/07/2010 in News with 0 Comments

Birmingham's political head of Children's Social Care Cllr Len Clark acknowledged “more needs to be done” to improve safeguarding in the city. Cllr Clark announced he was leading an immediate “re-alignment” of the service to address priority issues identified by Ofsted during a recent inspection. Actions already taken to improve safeguarding include: Deployment of additional […]

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City responds to Ofsted judgement

By on 09/12/2009 in Video News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council's Children's Services was today given a “performs poorly” rating by Ofsted. The inspection body says the judgement is because of issues highlighted in protecting children. Cllr Les Lawrence, Birmingham's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, argues Ofsted's assessment is flawed and does not provide an accurate reflection of how the […]

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Focus fixed on improving lives of vulnerable young people

By on 09/12/2009 in News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council today said that the Council, with health and police partners, remains focused on protecting the lives of vulnerable children after Ofsted repeated its “inadequate” rating for safeguarding children. The Authority said it was “disappointed” the inspection body has not shifted from the judgement initially delivered last year, despite a raft of improvements […]

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Let's hear it from the kids!

By on 04/12/2009 in Blog with 0 Comments

Colin Tucker, Birmingham’s head of Children’s Social Care, talks about his work as he goes about moving the service out of its Notice to Improve. So we know ourselves well and what we now need to do to continue improving.  More excellent Ofsted feedback on LACES (Looked After Children’s Education Services) and preparation going well for […]

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Let's not dwell on the past

By on 23/11/2009 in Blog with 1 Comment

Colin Tucker, Birmingham’s head of Children’s Social Care, talks about his work improving the service. Reflected a lot on how we should approach inspections.  I recognise it is not all about Ofsted but when you are in special measures it does assume a significance and whilst there are risks, I hope we can maintain a […]

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