Statement from the West Midlands Association of Directors of Children's Services (WMADCS)

As Leaders of West Midlands Children’s Services, we are appalled by the killing of George Floyd. It served as a stark example of the systemic nature of racism and the lived experience of many black people around the world, including the UK.

Each of our Children’s Services in the West Midlands is taking action to raise awareness of the issue “Black Lives Matter” is bringing to the fore and to ensure their services to children and families and the management of their workforce recognise and value diversity. We acknowledge the huge contribution that Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic members of that workforce make.

We are committed to improving our working practices, training, support and recruitment processes to ensure that the leadership of the West Midlands Children’s Services better reflects the workforce and the communities we serve. We will actively challenge stereotypes and racial injustice whether in frontline practice, work with partners, or management of services.

We recognise that the Black Lives Matter Movement presents a challenge to do better which applies to all of us. If you are a member of our workforce we would be interested to hear your views so please email

25th June 2020

The West Midlands Association of Directors of Children's Services (WMADCS) is a regional body representing all fourteen Councils and Children’s Trusts of the West Midland’s statutory Directors of Children's Services. It provides strategic leadership which promotes and improves the work Councils and Children’s Trusts do to offer all children and young people the best start in life, opportunities and support to achieve their full potential. They have formed a Regional Improvement and Innovation Alliance under the banner of West Midlands Children’s Service. e-mail

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