WEST MIDLANDS CHILDREN'S SERVICES
West Midlands Children's Services includes the West Midlands DCS Network. West Midlands DCS Network is on a self-determined journey to be the best region for Children's Services in the country.
We plan to achieve this through collaboration, self-improvement, building on the annual self- evaluation and peer review and promoting best practice. We intend the West Midlands to be a place where children and young people thrive and families are supported, inspired by a dedicated workforce keeping children and young people safe, where we will consistently deliver good and increasingly outstanding, education, health and wellbeing outcomes for all our young West Midlands citizens.
The three pillars for change that we are using to underpin the journey to achieving our ambition are:
Improve the Quality of Practice
Workforce and Leadership (A Phased Approach)
Educational Outcomes, Skills and Economy
OUR AREA - THE WEST MIDLANDS
The 14 Local Authorities and 2 Children's Trusts working together to make a difference
HOW WE WILL DO IT
Commitment in all senses; strong leadership, political will, an informed empowered workforce and good engagement with children, young people and their families and carers
National representation - bringing back fresh ideas into the region and ensuring that our voice and issues are influencing national thinking
We will all think regionally and be ambassadors for the West Midlands as well as our own authority.
Develop and maintain effective relationships with other key leadership groups, ensuring they are aware of our ambitions and seeing how they can contribute to our achieving the outcomes
Honesty; creating a true Learning Organisation where there is constructive challenge; proper dialogue; analysis of the barriers in context; solution focused thinking; high levels of personal support; a culture where we are prepared to share all so we can understand and work together to enable each other to find the right pathway
We are thinking Big and Bold, we want to be 'Outstanding' and we want to maintain it. We are being 'Aspirational', Good is just not good enough.
By 2021 we will: