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 have made many 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.

We were last inspected by Ofsted in 2023. In April 2023 we were recognised by Ofsted as 'Good' (see news release here).  

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.

You can find out more by going to our Publication Scheme pages.


Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership replaced the Local Safeguarding Children Board from 1st April 2019.

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership works with Birmingham Children’s Trust and Birmingham City Council to protect the city's most vulnerable children. It works with agencies that work with children, their families and communities to encourage a shared sense of responsibility and to keep children safe from harm.

For more information visit the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership website.