Using a network structure across a number of children's services cross-cutting themes, seek to identify and develop best practice and share learning to improve the lives of children, young people and families in the West Midlands.
Our networks have representation from the councils and children's trusts in the West Midlands. Working collaboratively, they specialise in developing, commissioning and leading the delivery of services to children, young people and their families, including education, health, youth, early years and social care services. Working in partnership with other agencies our members work to achieve tailored and joined-up services for children, whatever their identified needs.
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ADOPTION & SPECIAL GUARDIANSHIP
The group provides regional leadership to the Adoption and Special Guardianship systems. We strive to drive improvements in performance, and become the hub for transforming the Adoption and Special Guardianship landscape.
EARLY HELP &
The Early Help & Targeted Support Network is one of our newer networks, which brings together a range of people who are driving the Early Help agenda.
Expertly facilitated by the Local Government Association, we aim to engage Lead Members around the region.
Lead Member representation is imperative within the governance structure for the delivery of the wider ADCS West Midlands programme ambitions and priorities.
Local authorities have an important role to play in school improvement even where schools have become academies.
Working collaboratively across several strands, this active network has a number of subgroups striving towards enabling outstanding educational opportunities for all children and young people across the West Midlands.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS & DISABILITIES
The SEND Leads Network is well established and has a good history of collaboration. There is a comprehensive work programme mostly looking at the implementation of the SEND reforms. There is also an efficiencies programme.
The West Midlands has a long standing tradition of collaboration between children’s commissioners. This collaboration is helping to develop and deliver a commissioning work programme that will help us to deliver our strategic objectives