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Cabinet Member for Vulnerable Children and Families

Councillor Sharon Thompson

The Cabinet Member has accountability for:

  • Lead Member for Children’s Services (LMCS); Political accountability for all the local authority children’s services, including education and social care.

This post is required by law to hold direct local accountability for the effectiveness, availability and value for money of the local authority’s children’s services (particularly education and children’s social care). This role will therefore require close joint working and formal reporting with the Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture to ensure appropriate accountability for statutory education functions contained within the LMCS role, including fair access to schooling for all children, high quality early years provision and children’s involvement in public decision making.

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People; With statutory partners, the safety and wellbeing of all children.
  • Children’s Services; Leadership, strategy and effectiveness of children’s services, responding to the needs of all children and young people, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable, and their families and carers.
  • Overseeing the Children’s Trust; Oversight of the ‘client side’ role of the Children’s Trust to ensure the delivery of agreed outcomes, KPIs and finances within the legal and contractual framework agreed.
  • Overseeing Early Years; Ensuring a sufficiency of places and a citywide Early Years Health and Wellbeing offer.
  • Corporate Parenting; Political leadership on improving the lives of looked after children.
  • Ensuring all Council members, officers and services understand and actively promote the Council’s responsibilities to looked after children.
  • Lead Member for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Inclusion; Lead Member on the SEND agenda across children’s agencies and holding officers and partners to account for the delivery of the Birmingham SEND Strategy.
  • Housing Options; Assessing housing need, options for vulnerable adults, children and young people and offenders.
  • Temporary accommodation provision. A coherent strategy to address homelessness, including short-term engagement, education and enforcement with rough sleeping.
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