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Welcome from Councillor Steve Eling, Leader of Sandwell Council and the Right Honourable Jacqui Smith, Chair of Sandwell Children’s Social Care Trust Board.

Thank you for your interest in this role. The creation of the Sandwell Children’s Social Care Trust marks a fresh start for Sandwell’s children’s social care services. The Trust has been established by the Council following the statutory direction of the Secretary of State as a company limited by guarantee. Our ambition is that the Trust, building on recent improvements will drive a sustainable model of delivery and improvement designed to bring good and outstanding services to the Borough – innovating where possible and using the freedoms of the Trust approach to develop a new and sharper focus to address the challenges we face.

This is a really exciting opportunity to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and families in Sandwell. When life gets tough for children, they deserve the best care and the best people to support them. Be part of our team to find the best ways to improve and innovate – making the Trust a great place to work.

The Trust will create an environment that enables and supports staff to be innovative and creative and become a centre of social work excellence. We are seeking to appoint a Board that sets a clear vision and will strive to achieve the Trust’s aim of rapid and sustained improvement in children’s social care. To achieve this, the Board requires a mix of people with the right calibre of skills, knowledge, expertise and energy. The team should have one collective voice - a single, relentless focus on high quality services for vulnerable children alongside creating an inspiring environment for staff to feel supported and motivated. The Board will be charged with driving innovation and social work excellence, with effective multi-agency working at its heart delivering a positive impact on those children most in need of protection and care.

Sandwell’s Children’s Social Care Trust is one of a small number of such organisations to be established in the country. This role provides a fantastic opportunity for a dynamic, experienced set of leaders to make their mark and steer the Trust towards success.

This site provides you with further information and the roles we are currently seeking to fill. If you would like to do so, we would welcome a conversation. Please contact Maggie Hennessy on 07877 004648 or Julie Towers on 07764 791736.

Kind regards

Councillor Steve Eling

Leader of Sandwell Council

Rt. Hon Jacqui Smith

Chair of Sandwell Children’s Social Care Trust Board