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Birmingham Children’s Trust Accommodation
Report of Interim Director for Education & Skills
Cabinet : 22/03/22

Birmingham Children’s Trust provides statutory children’s social care services on behalf of the Council.  Face to face conversations in the right accommodation are central to relationship based Social Care, this is a human service.  The previous investment in Trust accommodation has successfully split contact with children and child protection conferences (which were inappropriately collocated) as well as improving the quality of the wider accommodation offer.


In a wider context, a number of drivers have changed: the legislation nationally limiting unregulated placements meaning the creation of more internal Children Home capacity; a significant programme of readjustment from Covid coupled with the introduction of agile working to release major assets such as Lancaster Circus; resolving a historical structural unfunded maintenance programme for existing sites impacting on the quality of accommodation for children and families. 


Cabinet is therefore asked to approve the proposal for the establishment of a Trust capital programme front loaded to manage the required estate changes to support agile working; increasing capacity in the children’s homes due to changing legislation; improving the condition of child focused accommodation.


The programme is made up of a 5-year rolling programme of maintenance, major works, capital investment in new accommodation, resourcing and dilapidations

Key Decisions

  • Capital in excess of £1m

  • Significant effect on communities in two or more wards

Standard Contact Details

Jaswinder Didially

Department Details

Education, Skills and Culture
Tony Lloyd

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