Direction issued to Sandwell metropolitan borough council

Statutory direction to Sandwell metropolitan borough council to improve performance in children’s social care services, with correspondence.



Minister Edward Timpson writes to Sandwell metropolitan borough council with an accompanying direction. This direction confirms the appointment of a new commissioner to oversee improvement to children’s social care services and establish a trust.

It follows publication on 5 June 2015 of a report by Ofsted, which judged the overall effectiveness of children’s services in Sandwell to be inadequate, and subsequent monitoring visits by Ofsted in June 2015 and September 2015.

An independent report by the former Commissioner for Children’s Services in Sandwell recommended removing control of children’s services for a period of time.

This direction has now closed. A direction issued by DfE on 23 March 2018 replaces it.

Published 6 October 2016
Last updated 23 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Closed direction.
  2. First published.