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Children services

Who we are and why we exist? 

The directorate of children’s services is the part of the council with lead responsibility for services to children and young people. 

The directorate is focused on improving the outcomes for all children and young people in Dudley.  Our work is based on the framework within the Children’s Act 2004 and Every Child Matters – Change for Children incorporating the five key outcomes:

 

  • staying safe

  • being healthy

  • enjoying and achieving

  • making a positive contribution

  • achieve economic well-being

 

How we are organised?

The Directorate is led by Interim Director of Childrens Services: Pauline Sharratt.  

The Directorate is structured around the below divisions:

  • Children and Families - Interim Assistant Directors Chris Ballinger and Jane Prashar
  • Education Services - Acting Assistant Directors, Trish Brittain and Huw Powell 
  • Quality and Partnership - Assistant Director, Ian McGuff
  • Director Support

What do we do? 

The directorate has statutory responsibility for leadership within and beyond the Council, to make changes in practice to improve outcomes for all children and young people.  The directorate must also listen to and involve children and young people and champion their interests across and beyond the Council.

The directorate of children’s services aims to deliver integrated services to children and young people.

Much of our work is undertaken in conjunction with a wide range of partners including other statutory agencies and the voluntary and private sector.

Partnership arrangements - how we link with other agencies 

The children and young people strategic partnership brings together key partners at director level, supported by a number of working groups.  The Partnership Board is responsible for making the partnership arrangements work in practice, the Strategic Commissioning Board is responsible for developing planning arrangements, and for developing the commissioning of services.

The key partnership document is the Dudley Children and Young People’s Plan 2013 to 2015.