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A joint venture for regional children’s social work across 14 councils to create a shared workforce development infrastructure.

Project Description

West Midlands local authorities identified a lack of consistent high-quality, effective social work for young people. The establishment of a joint venture arrangement was designed to enable all fourteen councils to test out a more effective and shared workforce development infrastructure, leading to a more autonomous, flexible, skilled and supported workforce.

FutureSocial is a partnership between the public sector, not for profit organisations, children and families.

The partnership focuses on two elements currently hindering high quality and innovative practice in the West Midlands region: the recruitment and retention of social workers and practice supervisors; and high quality practice development and implementation.



DfE funded independent evaluation will be published in 2020.

Lead Organisation

ADCS West Midlands


Birmingham City Council, Coventry City Council, Dudley Council, Herefordshire Council, Sandwell Council, Shropshire Council, Solihull Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Telford and Wrekin Council, Walsall Council, Warwickshire County Council, City of Wolverhampton Council and Worcestershire County Council




West Midlands


Funding Information

Funding theme: Alternative delivery models

Total amount awarded


Round 3 Jan 2017