Our vision and values

There is no more important duty for society than to value and promote the importance and needs of our children and to protect and enable those who are vulnerable.

Our commitment is to put children, young people and their families at the heart of everything we do, to enable them to have the best possible start in life.

Our vision

For all children and young people in Bradford District to be safe and able to realise their full potential.

Our purpose

To provide high-quality services with partners that help safeguard, support and promote the welfare of children, young people and families across the Bradford District.

This is what we want to achieve through continuous improvements in our services and positive collaboration with our staff, our partner organisations, and of course children, young people and their families.

Our outcomes

To achieve our vision, we will focus on five important outcomes, which are that all children and young people in Bradford District:

  1. are safe from harm
  2. are ready to learn, do well at school and well prepared for adult life
  3. make healthy lifestyle choices
  4. enjoy their childhood and have fun growing up
  5. have a voice and that voice has influence.

To achieve these outcomes we will:

  • Support and enable our workforce to provide high-quality and effective services to children, young people and families, prioritising the most vulnerable, to enable them to progress and succeed
  • Create an effective, efficient and learning organisation with a culture that inspires success, which becomes a national centre of excellence for social care and a destination of choice for children’s social care careers.
  • Forge strong collaborative multi-agency partnerships that achieve shared outcomes together to improve children’s and young people’s lives.
  • Ensure that professionals understand children’s and young people’s experience of growing up in Bradford and involve them in decision making.
  • listen well to children, young people and their families to understand the impact of what we do.
  • develop our long-term conditions for success in consultation with our workforce

An opportunity for renewal

Ofsted’s latest inspection report provides an assessment of where things need to get better and the Trust will work closely with the Council and our wider partners to achieve the requirements set out in the Ofsted Improvement Plan. We will learn from inspection findings, deliver against the agreed improvements, and be defined by our passion to deliver our vision and purpose for the children, young people and families in Bradford.

We celebrate the recent improvements in children’s services and we will build on them as we build a new organisation and develop a shared approach to working together to enable Bradford to be a safe, child-friendly and supportive city where every child matters and can grow up and thrive.

Building on Ofsted’s findings and on recent improvements, in our first six months of operation we will work with the Council, our workforce and key stakeholders to develop our longer-term business plan. In our first six months our immediate focus is on seven strategic priorities which will help us deliver improvements in our quality of practice and build the conditions for long-term organisational success:


Retain, recruit and develop
our workforce


Further develop high-quality,
relationship-based practice


Establish high-quality leadership


Strengthen multi-agency partnership and strategy


Develop a new corporate infrastructure, including Trust in-house corporate support


Deliver continuous improvement through our Ofsted Improvement Plan


Build an effective and
efficient organisation

Providing continuity

A shared priority for the Trust and the Council is ensuring a smooth transfer to the new operational arrangements and to ensure a seamless continuity of services to our children, young people and families and staff transfer from the Council to the Trust.

It is also important to reassure children, young people and families, colleagues and partners that the other aspects of children’s services – such as education and SEND – are also not changing and that the Trust will maintain the close working relationships between its children’s social care practices and other services for children and young people run by the Council and partners.

Therefore, while the Trust is a new organisation, our day-to-day responsibilities and how we are organised operationally will initially be broadly the same.