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RBWM: Delivering Children's Services differently!

Following the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenheads cabinet approval on Thursday 29 September, agreement was given for a children’s services partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, through Achieving for Children (AfC), a community interest company.

As the developing partnership with Achieving for Children moves forward, a role has been created within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead integration project team to inform, identify, engage and promote the voluntary sector. If voluntary organisations have any questions regarding this partnership please do contact Catherine Burns, Voluntary Sector Lead, Children’s Services on 01628 796071 or email Catherine.Burns2@RBWM.gov.uk.

As a council we have been looking at transforming ourselves, this includes how we further raise standards and quality in our children's services. We have looked carefully at how we can ensure our children and young people are supported by the best possible service and firmly believe that Achieving for Children will give us the people, resources and shared expertise to meet the higher standards we aspire to. Our existing children's workforce will transfer and be employed by AfC from April 1 2017. They will still deliver the statutory services to the borough's residents. Children's services staff will still be based in the borough and will still be working hard continuing to deliver the service with our residents' needs in mind.

Decisions such as these are not taken lightly and are made with the interests of our residents and staff as an absolute priority. We will be part of a larger specialist children's organisation which can offer stronger and better provision which ultimately will create a better service for our residents and you as we work together to deliver this.

Our families will notice little difference in the day-to-day operation of the services but they should benefit from long-term improvements from a broader pool of experience and best practice.