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Birmingham Children’s Partnership - Who we are

Birmingham Children's Partnership is leading the strategic development of children and family services in the city.

The Birmingham Children’s Partnership brings together the local authority, the NHS, the police, the voluntary sector, the children’s trust, plus children and young people themselves, in order to work together to improve the lives of children and families in Birmingham.

Together we are committed to transforming the system of services and support, and improving the lives and outcomes of children and families. 

The partnership was established in 2018, to help children to flourish in the city.

Our board of partners is accountable for the outcomes for children, young people and families, and we have a small team that leads changes across the city.


Paul Jennings, CEO, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (Joint Chair)

Andy Couldrick, CEO, Birmingham Children’s Trust

Brian Carr, CEO, Birmingham Voluntary Service Council

Prof Graeme Betts, Director Adult Social Care, Birmingham City Council

Justin Varney, Director of Public Health, Birmingham City Council

Mat Shaer, Chief Superintendent, West Midlands Police

Penny Thompson CBE, Independent Chair, Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board

Rachel O’Connor, Assistant CEO-STP, Birmingham and Solihull NHS CCG

Richard Kirby, CEO, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Richard Selwyn, Transformation Director, Birmingham Children’s Partnership

Sarah Jane Marsh, CEO, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Tom McNeil, Strategic Adviser, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

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