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Jolyon Jones of West Midlands SWAN writes on Birmingham City Council's serious underspend in Children's services. Birmingham Council's cabinet this week agreed a Transformation plan for the social work services charged with safeguarding children in the city. The plan proposes that an additional £9.2m is allocated which will be a 'permanent increase to the safeguarding revenue' and will be carried forward into the budget for 2014-15.This is an important move by the Council which will help stabilise safeguarding services, and in particular the staffing of social work teams, and most importantly it will hopefully lead to improvements in the protection of children in the city. The background to this move is that in the financial year’s 2011-12 and 2012-13 Birmingham council's spend on children’s social care reduced from £617 to £607 per young person. (1) (This does not include the budget cuts of 2013-14 which will likely see a further drop in per head spend this year).
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The following post is an opening to a series of posts aimed at giving some coherence to my thoughts about Frontline, pulling together and sharing the pieces of information I have researched about Frontline, its antecedents, its ‘core’ project and some of the wider implications it has for the SW in England at least. This has led me into having a good look at what is going on with the ‘state’ in state education in England as it provides the original template for the Frontline.
An impressively large and enthusiastic People’s Assembly met in central London on June 22nd. Among the 4000 delegates were many SWAN supporters, whether representing the London group or from other organisations so it will be interesting to see what ideas we can bring back into social work and SWAN.
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