Thank you for your interest and wanting to become part of our ‘Sandwell Family.’ 

Since starting here as Chief Executive in April 2021 I have been impressed with the pace of change and the desire for us to achieve the best outcomes for our children and families. There is a definite determination to do things as best as possible.

Recently the Trust has been focusing on a number of areas, one of which being our ethos and guiding principles. This has involved the whole workforce with some powerful messages being shared about what is driving us in our roles. We want this to shape the future and how we work with families; so, your interest in joining us has come at an important time.

We have agreed six strategic priorities which are driving our work, in the short and long term:

  • Practice;
  • People;
  • Partnerships;
  • Prevention;
  • Meeting Need and Measuring Impact;
  • and Striving for Excellence.

With regard to Practice, our improvement plan has been refreshed following our last Ofsted assurance visit, with a strong focus on particular areas of practice; and everyone is working to one single overarching plan as we go forward. Also, a key aim is to make sure that continuous practice learning and improvement is the ‘norm’ and embedded across the Trust. So, whilst there is always the need to analyse performance data and examine trends, we have created learning and reflective spaces for Managers at every level. We want to make sure this combination is integral across the Trust.

With regard to People, work continues at pace to strengthen our workforce, both through the attraction and recruitment of social workers and the range of development and career progression opportunities.

With regard to Prevention and Partnerships, we want to make sure that the Trust is seen within a wider system across Sandwell’s partnership, as we focus on key elements of the system- early help just being one.

We are creating a culture of inclusion with our extended family here in Sandwell, with our children at the heart of everything we do. It really is an exciting time to join Sandwell Children’s Trust!

On behalf of our Trust Board, good luck with your application and best wishes,

Emma Taylor
Chief Executive, Sandwell Children’s Trust