About the Trust

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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. 

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. More recent improvements have strengthened the Trust’s provision and that was recognised in the last full Ofsted inspection in December 2018.

Our Trust is owned by, but independent from, Birmingham City Council.  

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 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.

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.