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Northamptonshire CC to Create a Trust to Deliver Children's Services

Northamptonshire County Council has announced plans to create a new trust to deliver children’s services in the county.

The proposal is part of the county council’s draft council plan, announced in December, and will see the standalone trust delivering services previously delivered directly by the council itself.

Establishing a trust will enable permanent staff to benefit from improved terms and conditions and see a greater focus on reducing the current reliance on agency staff, which currently costs the council £22million in children’s services.

This will create a more stable workforce in children’s services, meaning greater continuity of care for families, and is in line with the authority’s improvement programme. The trust should be in place by September 2016.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s service, said:

The creation of a Children’s Trust is the next stage in our improvement programme and will enhance services for children and families across Northamptonshire.

One of the key benefits of a trust model is the flexibility it can give in relation to the workforce. We will be able to significantly improve the terms and conditions for our permanent staff in order to reduce our dependence on costly agency workers. As a result the Trust model will also be more affordable and deliver a more stable workforce.

This is an exciting development in our children’s services improvement journey and will help us to manage the increased demand for services while improving outcomes for all children and young people in Northamptonshire.

Last updated: 25 February 2016

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