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 Horwarth, 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.