Children’s Services

MichaelJamesonA message from Michael Jameson

Thank you for your interest in joining Bradford Council. This is an exciting time to join Bradford Children’s Services and the Council’s Senior Leadership Team. There has been a period of change both within the Council and Children’s Services providing an opportunity to refocus how we commission and deliver services to secure improved outcomes for the children, young people and residents of Bradford.

The Council has initiated a programme to consider its future role and how best to deliver the priority outcomes of the New Deal (Bradford’s New Deal) within a reduced financial purse. This is creating opportunities for Departments, public services, the business community, neighbourhood services and the voluntary sector across the District to become more joined up and deliver on cross cutting priority outcome themes. Children’s Services is tasked with delivering some of the key priority outcomes for the District, including raising education standards, creating employment opportunities and raising skill levels, safeguarding the most vulnerable and developing a preventative capacity.

These roles are aligned to the priority outcomes of the New Deal and provide a real opportunity for people to lead and deliver. We are firmly on a radical change of direction in terms of how we are approaching the raising of education standards recently endorsed by Ofsted in June 2015; improving school readiness using the Better Start Programme (Better Start Bradford) as a vehicle for reforming Early Years Support offer across the District; improving our early help and preventative offer as well as improving the choice and quality of placements for the children we need to care for. Children with disabilities are benefitting from the development of a Joint Transition Team and Social Impact Bonds to deliver new investment models of delivery. Get Bradford Working has gained national recognition for providing real employment opportunities for the residents of Bradford and aligned to the Post 16 Review and the LCR devolution agenda. This will provide a shared platform for developing develop high skills levels across the District.

Bradford is going through an exciting period of change and there is increasing confidence across the District. The opening of The Westfield Broadway is a major coup for the City of Bradford, coupled with regeneration and business growth across the District. We are also bringing Children’s Services into two key buildings within the City Centre as part of the plan to increase foot fall to support the regeneration of the City but also to provide first class working facilities for staff.

I want to emphasise that these are big roles and there are big challenges within Bradford. Bradford benefits from strong relationships across it’s schools, higher education and further education sector, health, business and the voluntary sector. We have some of the biggest opportunities I have witnessed in my career to really make a difference at a scale, supported by strong political leadership and a senior leadership team which is committed to getting the very best for its residents. If you feel you are up to the challenge, have the developing skill set and want to work in an environment where you can really make a difference and be supported in your career aspirations, then Bradford is the place to be.

Best wishes and good luck

Michael Jameson

Strategic Director Children’s Services