Birmingham council’s children services to be taken over by trust

Children services at Birmingham City Council are due to be taken over by a trust, after Ofsted inspectors branded the service a ‘national disgrace’.

The department has received an ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted since 2009 and has come under scrutiny after the high profile deaths of children including two-year-old Keanu Williams and seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq.

The Birmingham City Council has announced that a voluntary trust will now take over running of its children’s services, which will aim to put social workers at the heart of the department. Nonetheless, the council has maintained that the takeover of services was alway being considered as part of its three-year-improvement plan.

A statement from the council said: “This is something we have been discussing for some time with the Department for Education and this is the next logical step on our improvement journey. In moving to the next phase, Birmingham City Council and the DfE are committed to working together, along with our members, staff, partners and trades unions, on details of how the trust will operate.”