Bradford Children and Families Trust cements links with Foundations

Bradford Children and Families Trust (BCFT) were pleased to welcome Josh MacAlister OBE and Dr Jo Casebourne from Foundations – What Works Centre for Children and Families on Thursday, 18 January 2024. 

Josh, Executive Chair, and Jo, Chief Executive of Foundations, met with the Trust’s Board, care leavers and a range of practitioners from Children’s Social Care services and early help to discuss shared priorities around supporting families needing early help, children at risk of harm, relatives caring for their kin and children growing up in care. The Trust were delighted to be able to share the exciting work taking place and how the priorities for Foundations and the implementation of the Children’s Social Care review will support the priorities of the Trust. 

Charlotte Ramsden, Chief Executive Officer for Bradford Children and Families Trust said, 

“Josh and Jo visiting the Trust today has been an excellent opportunity for the Trust to hear what Foundations wants to achieve, and how their work can influence change in children’s social care. Our organisations are united in our efforts to improve services that strengthen and support family relationships. Colleagues from across the Trust have given Josh and Jo an insight into Bradford and the work we are doing to keep our children safe and realise their full potential. We know we have a lot to do but so much positive work is happening and the opportunity to share that was very positive for staff. We hope to build on this partnership with the aim of improving outcomes for vulnerable children.” 

Foundations and Trust colleagues stood together
Left to right: Josh MacAlister OBE, Charlotte Ramsden CBE, Dr Jo Casebourne and Ruth Terry MBE.

Foundations Chief Executive, Dr Jo Casebourne said:

“It has been brilliant to visit the Trust and meet some of the staff working hard to improve support services for vulnerable children and their families. We’ve been able to gain valuable insight into the work Bradford are doing, and share our vision that vulnerable children have the foundational relationships they need to thrive in life. There is clear overlap in our work; not least in the areas of Family Group Conferencing – a programme that we know works to keep children safely with their families, from findings we published last year – Kinship, where we have worked closely with the Department for Education on their recent strategy, and Family Hubs. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Bradford to implement findings from evidence.”

Josh MacAlister, Jo Casebourne from Foundations, Charlotte Ramsden from BCFT and Marium Haque from Bradford Council stood together.