Sandwell children’s services to move to voluntary trust

Sandwell Council’s children’s social care services are facing the possibility of being transferred to a voluntary trust, after receiving an inadequate rating by Ofsted inspectors.

Sandwell Council and the Department for Education (DfE) are currently discussing a proposal to either move there services to a voluntary trust or appoint an executive commissioner to oversee care.

The news comes after Ofsted found ‘widespread and serious failures’ in children’s services run by the council, back in June 2015.

Simon Hackett, the council's cabinet member for children’s services, said: “The most important thing is making sure that vulnerable children in Sandwell have the best possible support available – that’s what this process is all about.

“We’re working with the DfE to make sure we find the right solutions to issues raised by the commissioner. This will put us in the best position for long term sustainable improvements to help support children in our borough.

“There is a clear commitment from everyone at Sandwell Council to drive improvements in children’s social care. Whatever decision is taken must be a positive step towards making those improvements.”