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.
The direction replaces earlier statutory directions issued to the council, most recently in January 2016.