What we do

Led by the Director for Children’s Services, we deliver the services for children, young people and families.

For example:

  • early years support and education, including support for vulnerable learners
  • services for children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • travel for children and young people
  • youth and career services

We also:

  • support 320,000 children and young people with universal services, of which 11,421 have an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • work with of 446 schools (295 primary schools, 82 secondary schools, one 16-19 free school, 7 all through schools, 27 special schools, 27 maintained nursery schools, 6 alternative provision free schools and one pupil referral unit)
  • have over 26 service areas across a range of professional disciplines, including regulated front-line roles and clinical services
  • work across early years, SEND and inclusion, education safeguarding, universal education services, schools, careers, youth services, 14-19 education, and employability and skills

Working with partner organisations

Some of our services are delivered by other organisations on behalf of the council, such as:

  • early help, children’s social care and the Birmingham Youth Offending Service - delivered by Birmingham Children’s Trust
  • schools improvement - delivered by the Birmingham Education Partnership
  • the Healthy Child Programme - delivered by Birmingham Forward Steps (NHS with Voluntary Sector Provider Collaborative)

Our services for children and families are also coordinated within a wider context of statutory partnerships. This includes:

  • Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership
  • Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Community Safety Partnership

All our services operate in the context of partners working together as one system to improve outcomes for children, young people, their families, and communities. This includes post-16 education settings and working with children's parents, carers and wider families.

The Birmingham Children and Young People’s Partnership

The Birmingham Children and Young People’s Partnership is the overarching strategic group that takes a whole-system approach to improving the life chances of children and young people.

The partnership is led by the Birmingham Children and Young People’s Partnership Board, which brings together:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Birmingham Children’s Trust
  • NHS Integrated Care Board
  • NHS Providers
  • West Midlands Police
  • Birmingham Voluntary Services Council

Job vacancies

Learn more about the roles we're recruiting for in our Children and Families Directorate.

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