Worcestershire Children First has officially gone live, and today a new way of delivering children’s services in the county will begin.
The new wholly-owned council company will be responsible for the delivery of children’s services in the county.
Services including children’s social care, education, early help and fostering, have transferred to Worcestershire Children First.
Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families, said: “Worcestershire Children First will help us to continue to improve the way children’s services are delivered, and build on the substantial improvement to services that was recognised by OFSTED in their latest inspection.
“Children and young people are at the heart of the company and we’re looking forward to helping children in Worcestershire to lead happy and healthy lives and go on to reach their full potential.”
Rob Morrison, Chair of Worcestershire Children First, said: “I'm looking forward to the challenge of leading the new Company to deliver the stated objective of improving outcomes for all children and young people in Worcestershire.
“I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work in getting to this position and look forward to working with them and my Board colleagues to continue the implementation journey."
Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Donelan said: “Every child should grow up in a safe and supported environment, so it’s encouraging to see that improvements are being made in the care being provided to vulnerable children and their families in Worcestershire. The launch of Worcestershire Children First is an important step in making sure these families get the high quality care and support they deserve.”
For more information about Worcestershire Children First, please visit www.worcschildrenfirst.org.uk