Update on Children's Social Care

Children Published Tuesday, 19th September 2017

Some of the country's leading experts in children's social care are working with Worcestershire County Council to make sure that long term improvements are being made.

Essex County Council has been formally appointed as Worcestershire's Improvement Partner. The appointment has been approved by Trevor Doughty, the Department for Education's Commissioner for Children's Services in Worcestershire.  Experts from Essex will work alongside the county's Children's Services team to improve the lives of children and young people in Worcestershire. 

Essex is recognised nationally as a 'best in class' improvement partner due to their track record of improving their own services and working with other Local Authorities to deliver sustained improvements for children.

Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families, said: "Our priority is to make sure that long term improvements are made to children and young people's lives in Worcestershire. We remain absolutely committed to that and we have already allocated an extra £5.1 million into improving Children's Social Care in Worcestershire this year."

"I am pleased that Essex County Council has now been formally appointed as our Improvement Partner. Essex will support us to deliver the improvements that we need to deliver."

As part of the Council's improvement journey, and in response to the Commissioner's report which is published today, a recommendation to voluntarily place Children's Services into a different form will be discussed at this month's Cabinet meeting.

A plan for every child and young person in Worcestershire has been launched this week.  The new Children and Young People’s Plan sets out the ambition for Worcestershire to be a wonderful place for all children and young people to grow up. It is a plan that is owned by all agencies that work with children, young people and families in the county.