Worcestershire to pursue new children's social care model

Worcestershire County Council has agreed to develop a wholly owned council company to deliver children's social care services in the region.

The council’s cabinet considered the recommendation, which is now subject to final approval from the Department for Education, and will seek to have the new system in place by April 2019.

Ofsted has recently reported progress in children’s services run by the council, having claimed that they were inadequate a year ago. Since that inspection, Essex County Council has been 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.

Catherine Driscoll, director of Children, Families and Communities, 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."