ildren’s social care services in Worcestershire have been taken over by a new private company set up by the county council. Worcestershire Children First, which launched on Tuesday, will also be responsible for services including education, early help and fostering in the county. The new enterprise is expected to cost the council £3.72m, of which £3.35m is being funded by a grant from the Department for Education (DfE). The DfE ordered the council to set up a “wholly owned” company in 2018 after an Ofsted inspection judged its children’s services “inadequate”. Almost £20m has been spent by the council in the last two years on improving children’s services and an inspection in July awarded the service a rating of “requires improvement to be good”. Read more.