How will the County Council retain staff and build morale within the workforce?

It’s important to understand that the Council’s decision to provide the service wasn’t a reaction to the current service or current provider. It was a positive decision about its own future direction and how the children’s homes service can be part of that.

We have listened to staff feedback and are responding to concerns and we are committed to making sure staff are happy, feel valued and are fully supported in their roles.

While change can feel daunting and unsettling, this has the potential to be a huge professional and personal development opportunity – we don’t have a service blueprint and are committed to involving you in co-producing any system or service re-design.

And we are mindful that in creating an opportunity to strengthen integration with education and social care, we don’t want to lose the strong and effective partnerships that have been built with other parts of health both in primary and secondary care.