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A new way of delivering children's social care in Worcestershire

Alternative delivery model Published Tuesday, 3rd April 2018

The way Children's Social Care Services will be delivered in the future has been decided today by Worcestershire Council Council's Cabinet.

It was recommended that a wholly owned council company should be developed to deliver children's social care services in the future and members unanimously approved the move.

The recommendation is now subject to final approval from the Department for Education before work will commence on implementing the Company with the aim to go live next April.

Worcestershire County Council's Director of Children, Families and Communities, Catherine Driscoll, said: "Our priority is to improve the lives of children and young people in Worcestershire. I want every pound that we spend on our children's services to improve outcomes for children and young people in the county.  I am pleased that we are continuing to move forward on this. We are committed to ensuring that we have the right model for Worcestershire, a model that helps us to continue to deliver the improvements that we need to deliver."

A year on from an Ofsted report that found that Children's Services in Worcestershire were inadequate inspectors have reported that they are seeing improvements to the service. Essex County Council is working alongside Worcestershire's Children's Services as its Improvement Partner and Trevor Doughty has been appointed by the Department for Education as the Commissioner for Children's Services in the county.

The approach to introduce an alternative delivery model for Worcestershire is in line with the Department for Education's policy to increase the number of these models across the country.

Worcestershire County Council staff who are within scope will transfer to the proposed new Company on their current terms and conditions, including access to their current pension.