PA: Caroline Levene: 01274 431266
Children's Services work with our partners across Bradford to make the district a place where children and young people, from all communities and backgrounds, feel safe, enjoy living in the district and have the opportunity to fulfil their potential as they grow and develop.
Our vision is: ‘For every one of our children to have the best possible start in life’
Our aims are to:
- support every child to have the best start in life
- raise the well-being, creativity, aspirations and achievements of all children and young people
- encourage achievement of the 5 outcomes of the Every Child Matters Agenda
The Department has a critical and central role to play to deliver this change, focusing services around each child and his/her family and maximising their life chances at every stage of development.
Integrated services are delivered focused on local needs in partnership with local agencies. The delivery of a high quality education system is also a priority area - where schools and colleges work together with partners to address all of a child’s needs.
Our services include:
- Adoption and Fostering
- Early Years, Childcare, Play & Parental Involvement
- Safeguarding Children (BSCB)
- Social Care
- Youth Offending
- Youth Service
Responsible for key projects for Children's Services, including:
- Education Buildings Team
- 14-19 Strategic Planning
- Child Poverty
- managing Attendance
Specialist Services provides statutory Council services to assess, support, care for and protect vulnerable children in the Bradford district and delivers Youth Offending Services.
Specialist Services has the duty to investigate children in need and at risk of significant harm and intervene to protect those children. We work to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people ensuring they are safe and healthy, able to achieve their potential and able to enjoy and contribute to their local community and economy, whether in the care of the Local Authority or at home in the community.
The services provided derive from LA duties prescribed by principal acts of parliament, ensuing plans and statutory guidance.
- Social Work Teams
- Youth Offending Team
- Youth Service
- Children with Disabilities (Multi-agency)
- Safeguarding/Education Child Protection
- Looked After Children Services
- Education Matters
- Adoption and Fostering
- Residential Children's Homes
- Leaving Care
Education and School Improvement
Education and School Improvement services work with colleagues, partners and stakeholders to secure an education service in Bradford that not only meets the needs of all our children and young people, but provides opportunities for high quality teaching and learning and a platform for education, employment and training for all Bradford's young adults.
The service ensures that there are sufficient school places available at both primary and secondary levels. It projects and plans to meet future requirements and deals with any immediate issues presented as a result of short term cohort changes.
- Education Policy
- School Organisation and Place Planning
- Governance (Trusts/Academies)
- Transforming Learning Services
- School Effectiveness (all Key Stages)
- Music and Arts Services
Access and Inclusion
Access and Inclusion provides accessible and inclusive services for all children and young people in the district. Supporting the Every Child Matters agenda whereby services are integrated to provide local, seamless and joined up provision, such as Early Years, Extended Schools at the point of delivery according to locally determined need with a focus on Prevention and Early Intervention.
Access and Inclusion also responds to the new requirement 'to secure sufficient and effective services' that enable staff to work effectively with partners in the voluntary, community and private sector to ensure consistency of high quality delivery in all areas.
The key aim is to improve life chances and outcomes for all children and young people, focusing on attainment and achievement.
- Behaviour and Attendance Strategy
- Health and Wellbeing
- Parental Learning
- Extended Schools
- Children's Centres
- Chilcare Sufficiency
- Outdoor Learning (Delivery) including Outdoor Education Centres
- Diversity and Cohesion
- Special Educational Needs
- Education Psychology