Children’s Social Services Commissioner not needed now.

 A government appointed commissioner is no longer needed to run Birmingham’s children’s services.

A series of child deaths saw the service branded a “national disgrace” and it has been rated as inadequate since 2008.

Ofsted has since judged children’s social care services as good.

The Department for Education has issued a revised statutory direction to the council confirming that “the secretary of state intends to withdraw the children’s services commissioner”. However, the notice does state that it wants the Council to continue to work with partners to improve the service.

Birmingham City Council says it’s delighted with the progress being made.Andrew Christie, chair of Birmingham Children’s Trust, said: “Birmingham Children’s Trust came into being in April 2018, and since then we have seen children’s services come out of being judged by Ofsted ‘inadequate’ to now ‘requiring improvement to be good’.

So there are still improvements to be made. Cllr Kate Booth, cabinet member for children’s well being said ” there is still a lot more to do before our services are providing good outcomes for all of our children. ”

The trust is operated independent from the Council but is owned by them.