The City of Wolverhampton Council has contributed to a national review of children’s social care.

A team from the Government visited Wolverhampton in September to meet with professionals involved in children’s social care, including council colleagues, police, health, schools, judiciary and other partners.

The council was one of 10 local authorities in England chosen to be part of the Children’s Social Care Review, which was set up to look at how the social care system can be improved for children, families and young people. 

Visiting Wolverhampton as part of their ‘deep dive’ helped the review team understand how the system works at the local level and hear directly from practitioners on what needs to change. They will make recommendations to Government in the spring.

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We are delighted to be able to have an input into this national review and to showcase what works well, and what we think could and should be done differently. We were able to share the reality, strengths and challenges in our system.

"It was also an opportunity to get some immediate feedback on the services we provide, and it is good to hear that the team thought highly of the work of our hard working children's workforce.

“I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the deep dive for taking time to speak with members of the review team and for being able to showcase the excellent work they do for our city’s children and young people.”

Speaking in September, Josh MacAlister, chair of the review, said the visit to Wolverhampton would enable the review team to "talk in more depth about how work to look after children and support families happens at ground level. 

“These conversations are absolutely vital to help the review achieve its aim of creating a future care system which helps young people thrive and gives them the best start in life.”