Children’s services group plans expansion

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An organisation set up to run children’s services in two London boroughs plans to expand into other regions.

Achieving for Children was founded in 2014 to manage child protection services in the boroughs of Kingston and Richmond upon Thames, which neighbour each other in southwest London. From April this year it will take on additional responsibilities, expanding west into Berkshire and taking over children’s services for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Further expansion could see Achieving for Chidlren assuming control of children’s services across a total of five council regions over the next three to five years. An official report explains that:

“Richmond and Kingston had agreed that the Royal Borough [of Windsor and Maidenhead] could join the partnership taking a 20 per cent shareholding, on the basis that they [Achieving for Children] wanted to grow the company to include five local authorities. Each new partner would take a 20 per cent shareholding until all five partners, including the founding councils, owned 20 per cent each.”

Meanwhile, chief executive Nick Whitfield has been appointed as an advisor to the London Borough of Wandsworth, which sits next to Kingston and Richmond in south-west London.

Photo of Richmond upon Thames by Maxwell Hamilton via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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keith - February 8, 2017 at 7:19pm

A similar charitable group “Together for Children” has been tasked to take over Childrens Services at Sunderland City Council after the Damning report by Ofsted in Sept 2015.
Nothing much has changed and that has also been stated by a member of staff and staff defend eachother to the hilt. So just because the Govt take over a Childrens services doesnt mean things will change for the better. parents and children are still suffering due to their unjust tactics.
very sad.
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