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Birmingham Children’s Partnership - About us

‘Birmingham to be a city where children flourish’

The six organisations involved in this partnership have committed to working together, taking action that will see Birmingham as a great place to grow up.

The BCP will lead the development, implementation and monitoring of an annual set of priorities to improve the health and wellbeing of children in the city.

Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, Dawn Baxendale, who is the BCP’s Chair, says: “We are committed to ensuring that every child in Birmingham gets the help they need to enable them to achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. We want health, social care, education, parents and carers to work together to achieve the best outcomes for our children and young people, to ensure that children and their families and carers have access to the services they need as quickly as practicably as possible.”

To make the improvements required, there needs to be a fundamental change in how our organisations work together, and also with children, their families and carers.

Andy Couldrick, Chief Executive of Birmingham Children’s Trust says: “Our focus is to improve the outcomes of the most vulnerable children, young people and families in the City.  We continue to work hard both within the Trust and also with our partners, to support children and young people in achieving the best they can.”

Paul Jennings, Vice Chair, BCP and Chief Executive, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group says: “We are clear that services need to improve significantly, and as quickly as is possible, so that children and young people in Birmingham have their needs met and are properly supported to allow them to lead fulfilling lives.”

Background

Birmingham Children’s Partnership (previously known as Birmingham Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Executive), was formed as a result of the Ofsted and CQC inspection of special educational needs and disability (SEND) services in June 2018. 

This inspection was one of a number of inspections, over the last two years, that found a lack of strategic partnership working for children’s services in Birmingham.
Shortcomings in the system included the absence of a single multi-agency vision and a supporting strategy for children’s services in Birmingham, which clearly explained how we would improve outcomes for our children.

We know that currently in our city not all children and young people flourish and we want to support them and enable them to live fulfilling lives and have the best outcomes possible.

Parents have said that they find it difficult to get the help they need and in particular that there is a lack of joined up care and support for them.

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