Welcome from the Right Honourable Jacqui Smith, Chair of Sandwell Children’s Trust

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive of the Trust and for taking the time to visit this microsite for further information.

The creation of the Sandwell Children’s Trust in 2018 marked a fresh start for Sandwell’s children’s social care services. The Trust was established following the statutory direction of the Secretary of State as a company limited by guarantee. Our ambition is that the Trust drives a sustainable model of delivery and improvement to bring good and outstanding services to the Borough – innovating where possible and using the freedoms of the Trust approach to develop a new and sharper focus to address the challenges we face.

Leading the Children’s Trust is a really exciting opportunity to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and families in Sandwell. When life gets tough for children, they deserve the best care and the best people to support them. We have made enormous progress over the last two and a half years – now we’re looking for the right person to lead us in the next stage of our development.

The Trust has created an environment that enables and supports staff to be innovative and creative and become a centre of social work excellence. We have set a clear vision and continue to achieve the Trust’s aim of rapid and sustained improvement. To achieve this, the Board are a mix of people with the right calibre of skills, knowledge, expertise and energy. The team have one collective voice - a single, relentless focus on high quality services for vulnerable children alongside creating an inspiring environment for staff to feel supported and motivated. The Board are charged with driving innovation and social work excellence, with effective multi-agency working at its heart delivering a positive impact on those children most in need of protection and care.

Sandwell’s Children’s Trust is one of a small number of such organisations to be established in the country. This role provides a fantastic opportunity for a dynamic, experienced leader to make their mark and continue to steer the Trust towards success.

This site provides you with further information regarding the post of Chief Executive. If you would like to do so, we would welcome a conversation.

Please contact our retained consultants at Penna, Julie Towers on 07764 791736, Maggie Hennessy on 07877 004648, Carol Coyle on 07500 887849 or Helen Alwell on 07809 905467.

Kind regards,

Rt. Hon Jacqui Smith
Chair of Sandwell Children's Trust