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.