Children's services improvement direction lifted after 10 years

Published: Friday, 26th May 2023

The Government has confirmed it has lifted the Improvement Direction on the city council after over ten years.

This follows the publication last month of Ofsted's report of its inspection of children's services services which saw all rated ‘Good’.

Birmingham Children's Trust has also announced that Andrew Christie intends to retire as Chair of the Trust. Andy Couldrick intends to resign as Chief Executive and has been asked by the Council and the Trust Board to become the next Chair of the Trust.

Councillor Karen McCarthy, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: "The removal of the government's Improvement Direction after 10 years is a significant milestone and testament to the hard work of everyone across the Trust and Council along with our partners.

"We know there is more to do but we are providing much better outcomes for our children and families and these improvements are ongoing and sustained.

"I'd like to thank Andy Couldrick and Andrew Christie for their fantastic work over the last few years and wish them well. Working with them and their colleagues has been a very positive experience."

 Full details can be found here.

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