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Expansion of joint children’s services company on the horizon

Windsor and Maidenhead planning to join Achieving for Children

Achieving for Children (AfC), the social enterprise company owned by Richmond and Kingston councils, could be joined by another local authority – The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Achieving for Children was created by the two local authorities to provide children's services for both boroughs. When the company was first established in April 2014, the stated aim was to develop nationally renowned children's and safeguarding services. The business model was designed to enable further trading and expansion. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have now expressed an interest in joining the company.

The local authorities say that such a partnership would have a number of benefits, including greater resilience, improved service provision, more diversity across the organisation and a greater potential for innovation through sharing of best practice. There would also be opportunity for staff development, leading to a better trained and more stable workforce across all three councils.

Over the next few months, additional feasibility work will take place to establish how best to bring the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead into the AfC group.

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