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Children services improvement programme

Dudley is a place where children are safe and thriving

​Our vision is that Dudley borough is a place where children and young people thrive. Where each child gets a good start in life, where families are supported to be independent, responsible and successful and where the most vulnerable children are protected. We have developed a new Early Help Strategy to drive transformation and change in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families.

A Children’s Services improvement programme has been established to oversee and shape improvement within the whole of the service and across partners.

Our improvement plan (see below) sets out all development activity across children services, which is underpinned by a series of more detailed project plans that are managed through the Children Services Getting to Good Programme Board.

The activity has been summarised into a 1 page graphic (see image above) that sets out the 5 cornerstones of the transformation agenda representing the key enablers in driving "Quality in Practice"

The Getting to Good Programme board, chaired by the Chief Officer for Children Services, governs these projects, sets new projects and manages progress. The Board is supplemented by the "Head of Service Development Group", which is a fortnightly group responsible for task and finish work along with solution focussed discussion. The contribution of partners at the Getting to Good Programme Board will be managed through invitation.

The Getting to Good Programme Board reports into the Children's Services Improvement Board (CSIB). The Children Services Improvement Board is attended by first tier leaders across the partnership, is politically represented and independently chaired. The role of the Improvement Board is to drive progress across Children Services.

The Improvement Board will challenge the work of The Getting to Good Programme Board, review performance and the impact of the operational decisions and initiatives made by the programme board to ensure that improvements are being made. The Board works to a set of "Improvement Board Priorities" that result from the OFSTED recommendations, along with key issues raised through the OFSTED report. The work plan for the board takes an overview of activity that happens both at Children's operational level and across the partnership.

The Improvement board provides governance, oversight and challenge, holding the system to account and will preside over the activity to ensure that resources are freed, blocks are removed and that progress is expedited.

The improvement plan is structured against the 4 themes defined by OFSTED

  • Leadership and Governance
  • Children who Need Help and Protection
  • Looked After Children
  • Effectiveness of the Local Safeguarding Board

The Dudley Children's Safeguarding Board (DSCB) has its own comprehensive Improvement Plan designed to ensure DSCB fulfils its statutory functions. The activity to deliver the 8 recommendations made by Ofsted in relation to DSCB has been integrated into the DSCB Improvement Plan and is also set out in its own right in this improvement plan.