Children's Social Care Services in Worcestershire

Published Wednesday, 6th December 2017

The next stage of deciding how Children's Social Care Services are to be delivered in the future will be agreed by Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet later this month.

The alternative way of delivering these services means more focus on improving services and keeping children and young people safe from harm.

Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families, said "We remain committed and determined to improve the lives of children and young people in Worcestershire. Our vision is for Worcestershire to be a wonderful place for all children and young people to grow up and ensuring we have the right way of delivering children's social care for our county is a priority for us.

"We will be doing everything we can in the coming months to keep families, staff and partners informed of progress and where possible, involve them with shaping how we deliver our services for the future."

In September 2017, following the Worcestershire Children's Commissioner report, the Department of Education directed that the County Council should move the operational delivery of Social Care Services for children to an Alternative Delivery Model (ADM). This means that the Council will no longer have the responsibility of operationally delivering these services it currently provides and will voluntarily move to an alternative way of delivering these services. The Council had already completed a review earlier in the year into introducing a new way of delivering Children's Social Care services to help accelerate and sustain improvements in Children's Social Care.

A programme of works to support the move to an ADM has begun. There are 2 key phases; Phase 1 involves a complete review of the types of ADMs available with recommended options agreed by Cabinet later this month, subject to ministerial approval. Phase 2 will include a detailed explanation (Business Case) on how the recommended models will be put into place and what's included in scope. This phase needs to be completed by the end of March 2018.

There are 2 types of ADM being recommended for Cabinet to take forward to Phase 2. They are a Strategic Partnership, which would involve a formalised relationship with another Local Authority, and a Wholly Owned Council Company that would see the creation of a new company to take responsibility for delivering elements of Children's Services.

To read more about the ADM go to http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/childrensadm