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Children Services Improvement Programme

Our vision is that Dudley borough is a place where children and young people thrive. Where each child gets a good start in life, 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.

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 Getting to Good Improvement Board

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 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.