Birmingham Children’s Trust creating unique opportunities for social workers

Sam Wilson, February 23, 2017

In May 2016, Birmingham City Council announced its intention to move towards a Children’s Trust. In January 2017, a cabinet report set out the case for change and the principle to establish a wholly owned company model. This marks the beginning of a new era for children’s services in Birmingham. Birmingham City Council is at the start of the third year of its improvement journey. Strong foundations have been laid, and it is time to look ahead ensure sustained improvement in the years to come. Our goal is for every child to have a fantastic childhood and the opportunity to create a Trust allows for an unwavering focus on providing the best services to children’s and families. We are early in the journey and we are talking to staff, children, young people, families, and other organisations in the city to ensure we get this right. Andrew Christie, Chair Designate of the Trust said: “For anyone who is thinking of coming to work in the city the message is clear – we are open for business. The decision by cabinet marks the start of a step change for Birmingham children’s services and we want dedicated staff to come and be part of this change. Although wholly owned by the Council, the Trust will have its own board and management team to ensure operational independence and a single focus on children’s care with strong staff engagement including a role in governance arrangements. The next step in the process (if approved by cabinet) is that a shadow Trust will start running from April this year to ensure that everything that needs to be in place when the full Trust begins work is actually in place, and that the Trust is ready to go from day one. There is a long way still to go, but this is a really important step for us. Any social workers who come and work with us now will automatically transfer into the Trust, and can be with us from day one shaping a Trust really focussed on the child. Ultimately, it is about creating conditions that allow our best social workers, with our partners, children and families, to do great work transforming the life chances of vulnerable children.” The move will provide incredible opportunities for new additions to shape the trust and drive its future successes.

So what does this mean and should you still apply for a vacancy?

First of all, the answer is yes. Joining now will enable you to make your mark and help shape the future of the new trust. Birmingham City Council’s independent voluntary children’s trust aims to take the improvement of Children Services to the next level. The new trust will place social workers at the centre of it, supporting them to provide the highest possible level of care for children and young people. For regular updates on the progress of the trust and the latest vacancies, head over to www.birminghamsocialcarejobs.com.
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