RECOMMENDATIONS on how to save the county's failing children’s services will be agreed this month.

Two models are being brought forward on December 14 for Worcestershire County Council's cabinet to take into phase two of consultations.

One suggestion is that a partnership with another local authority could be formed while the other is for a new council company to take responsibility for delivering parts of the children's services, which was rated inadequate by Ofsted in January.

Councillor Andy Roberts, cabinet member with responsibility for children and families, said: "We remain committed and determined to improve the lives of children and young people in Worcestershire.

“Our vision is for Worcestershire to be a wonderful place for all children and young people to grow up and ensuring we have the right way of delivering children's social care for our county is a priority for us.

"We will be doing everything we can in the coming months to keep families, staff and partners informed of progress and where possible, involve them with shaping how we deliver our services for the future."

Phase 1 of the consultation involves a complete review of the types of Alternative Delivery Models available.

Phase 2 will include a detailed explanation on how the recommended models will be put into place and what's included in scope, which needs to be completed by March 29 next year.

Essex County Council has already been formally appointed as Worcestershire's Improvement Partner.