Who We Are
Birmingham Children’s Trust exists to make a positive difference for children, young people and families in the city.
We used to be called Children’s Services and be run by Birmingham City Council. For a long time Birmingham needed to do much more to support disadvantaged children and young people in the city and make sure they were safe. More recent improvements have strengthened the Trust’s provision and that was recognised in the last full Ofsted inspection in December 2018.
We started making some important improvements – listening to and learning from others, improving our social work practice and supporting our staff to do their jobs well.
We became a Children’s Trust in April 2018 to help us accelerate these changes.
Our Trust is owned by, but independent from, Birmingham City Council.
What Does it Mean to be a Trust
There aren’t many more important things in life than looking after young people. When we get it right, we unlock some amazing potential.
We believe that working as an independent Children’s Trust is the best way to do this.
The way we’re structured brings the whole of our city together. Our staff, young people, families, the wider council and partners all work closely. Everyone’s on the same side.
We’re building on the progress we’ve already made and we know there are still challenges ahead. But with a single focus on making Birmingham’s children healthy, happy and confident, we’ll make a bigger and better difference for the future of our city.
Who is Leading us Forward
The work we do is supported by a Children’s Trust board led by Andrew Christie as Chair and Andy Couldrick as Chief Executive.
Seven non-executive directors work alongside them: Brian Carr, Bal Dhanoa, Professor Jon Glasby, Ruth Harker, Colin Horwath, Liz Stafford, and Jonathan Tew.
Tim O’Neill is the council’s Corporate Director for Children and Young People, and Director of Children’s Services. He makes sure children’s social care is effectively delivered through the Children’s Trust
Our success will mean:
- healthy, happy, resilient children living in families.
- families able to make positive changes.
- children able to attend, learn and achieve at school.
- young people ready for and contributing to adult life.
- children and young people safe from harm.
What Do We Do
We work with more than 10,000 children and young people in our city every day
It is our job to work with the most disadvantaged children and young people of Birmingham and keep them safe, happy and healthy.
We work with care and compassion to listen to what they need and involve them in the decisions that affect them.
We focus on the strengths that exist in every family and use them to bring about positive change.
We understand, too, that everyone’s needs are different. So we structure our services in a way that means we can adapt to what’s right for every person.
Our services include:
- Children’s Advice and Support Service (CASS)
- Emergency duty teams
- Early help
- Family support
- Youth Offending
- Children in care
- Care leavers
- Adoption and fostering
We only spend money where it counts. And we do all we can to encourage schools, health professionals and the police to work together.
When we work as one team in our city, young people are most likely to thrive.
Find out more about Birmingham Children’s Trust over at www.birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk
What Ofsted said about our staff (January 2019):
“Staff are enthusiastic about working for the Trust and are keen to demonstrate their commitment to improvement.”
“Development of staff is a priority and a comprehensive and focused approach contributes to staff having the right core skills.”
“The Trust has shown a dogged determination to ensure a focus on the well-being, safety and improving outcomes of children in Birmingham.”
What Ofsted said about our young people (January 2019):
“The voice of the child is often well represented across the Trust. The Children in Care Council and Care Leavers’ Forum are dynamic and active.”
What our young people said:
“We aren’t just any children in Care Council, we are Birmingham’s dynamic children in Care Council”