Cabinet to discuss Children’s Trust for West Sussex


Release date: Monday 12 October

The County Council’s Cabinet will meet on 20 October to discuss a report which sets out the plans and processes for setting up a trust to run Children’s Services in West Sussex. 

The report covers the process for moving to a Children’s Trust and how the council will work with the Department for Education to continue with work to improve services for children and young people in the county. 

It will include time scales and detail as to the decisions and processes to be followed to form a trust.

Jacquie Russell, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “Putting our Children first is a top priority for the County Council so it is imperative that we have the right structure in place that enables us to provide the best services for our children, young people and families.  This report sets out the detail we need to consider as we move towards establishing a Children’s Trust.”

The Cabinet discussion follows the inadequate judgement by Ofsted of West Sussex Children’s Services in May 2019.

The Secretary of State for Education then appointed John Coughlan CBE as Commissioner to report on the capacity and capability for the County Council to deliver improved Children’s Services in West Sussex. 

The report, published in December 2019, recommended that an Alternative Delivery Model (ADM), in the form of a Children’s Trust, be set up, therefore, transferring control of these services from the County Council to the new Children’s Trust that will be wholly-owned by the County Council but operationally independent. 

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