How Safe are our Children?

A full independent inquiry is to take place into the council’s home to school transport service after it was revealed that SEVEN children were taken to wrong schools at the start of the Autumn term. Meanwhile Cllr Kate Booth, continued to refuse calls to accept responsibilty and resign, insisting that she was ‘sticking with’ herContinue reading “How Safe are our Children?”

Home-to-School Transport for 0-25yr olds in Education

Labour-controlled Birmingham City Council today voted to push ahead with an entire overhaul of their 0-25yr old home-to-school Assisted Transport service despite concerns raised by parents, cross party councillors and the Department for Education. These changes combine all transport arrangements for everyone using home-to-school transport. After the initial decision was ‘called in’ by my myselfContinue reading “Home-to-School Transport for 0-25yr olds in Education”

Home For Good

Every year 40,000 children and young people come into care in the UK. We want every child to have stable and loving home where they can thrive. Home For Good It all started with a key! For several months I have been supporting Home For Good with their celebratory event in February 2019 at BirminghamContinue reading “Home For Good”

Travel Assist- a failed service failing Disabled Children

Back in early October, over a month on from when guides and chaperones were arbitrarily removed from school routes taking disabled children to and from their home three days before the start of term, parents and schools had yet to hear back from officers regarding a way forward.

KIDS- Short Breaks funding to be cut

Under the proposed budget consultation for the city 2017-2018, the funding for KIDS, Sutton Coldfield is due to be cut. The centre provides short breaks and care for 0-5yr old children with disabilities and their families. They have suffered financial uncertainty year on year including this year, making it very hard for them to planContinue reading “KIDS- Short Breaks funding to be cut”

An efficient Birmingham Council

Efficiency is at the heart of any strong business and country. The answer cannot be relentlessly throwing more money good after bad, but living within our means, a strong growing economy, a fair society that works for everyone and crucially making sure that resources are directed to where they are needed and not wasted needlessly. Birmingham’sContinue reading “An efficient Birmingham Council”

Child Sexual Exploitation: So much more to get right.

“A great deal of work has gone into improving the response of Birmingham City Council and its partners to the terrible crime of child sexual exploitation in the city. We have a CSE operational group chaired by West Midlands Police to share intelligence about victims and perpetrators, possible locations, patterns which might indicate groups of offending.Continue reading “Child Sexual Exploitation: So much more to get right.”

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