The direction requires the council to enter into and comply with the contract setting out the services agreement between the council and the Sandwell children’s trust by 1 April 2018.
It follows publication on 29 January 2018 of a report by Ofsted, which judged the overall effectiveness of children’s services in Sandwell to be inadequate.
An independent report by the former Commissioner for Children’s Services in Sandwell recommended removing control of children’s services for a period of time.
The direction replaces earlier statutory directions issued to the council, most recently in October 2016 .
This direction was replaced on 1 April 2019, as the council entered into a Regional Adoption Agency.