Foreword by Trevor Doughty, the Department for Education's Commissioner for Children's Services in Worcestershire:
The Ofsted inspection of Worcestershire County Council’s services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers, found its services to be “inadequate”. Following this report, I was appointed by the Secretary of State as the Commissioner for Children’s Services in Worcestershire to conduct a review of their services and make recommendations.
Imperative to Worcestershire's improvement journey was the need to strengthen management, resourcing external expertise and bringing in a new culture ensuring the best improvement for children in Worcestershire. This resulted in the recommendation in my report for Worcestershire to develop a new, alternative delivery model which looked at moving Children's Social Care out of the operational control of the Local Authority. Working with colleagues in Worcestershire, we looked at a series of different model options and it was agreed that an independent, wholly owned, Company would be set up to take operational responsibility for delivering the full range of services across Children's Social Care.
Since the publication of my report in September, I am pleased to see that improvements are being made with Worcestershire having three Ofsted monitoring visits which have noted positive progress.
The development of the Company is an exciting opportunity to help further progress and sustain this improvement. I look forward to working with the new Chair of the Company and further helping Worcestershire County Council make this Company successful in delivering positive experiences and outcomes for all children.