Cabinet approve to broaden scope of Worcestershire Children First

Published Thursday, 14th March 2019

The size and scope of the new company to deliver children's services in Worcestershire was approved by Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet at its meeting today.

Last November Cabinet noted proposals to broaden the scope of services and responsibility transferring to Worcestershire Children First and agreed to make a final decision in the Spring.

Worcestershire Children First is the new wholly-owned council company being developed in response to a statutory direction from the Department for Education to move children's social care to a different delivery model to help sustain improvement.

The refreshed Full Business Case approved by Cabinet included proposals to extend the responsibility of Worcestershire Children First to include education and early help services.

Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families, said: "Our priority is to improve the lives of all children and young people in Worcestershire. Worcestershire Children First will improve outcomes by addressing their needs holistically through early help and prevention, education provision and social care."

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, said: "Worcestershire Children First will have the opportunity to carry out services differently and integrate more closely so that services are delivered as part of one seamless organisation. This will enable children, young people and families to feel valued, heard, and ensure staff are responsive to their needs across a variety of services within the system."

Worcestershire Children First is scheduled to go live on 1 October 2019.