Birmingham aims to improve its poor social services record with a children's department starting next year.
Children's Services will be headed by a director and councillor to be appointed in early 2006.
The new department is in response to national guidelines on how councils should care for youngsters laid down in the Children Act 2004.
Coun Les Lawrence (Con Northfield), cabinet member for education and lifelong learning, said: "For too long we have tended to look at youngsters with difficulties as someone else's problem.
"We have to start listening to people and in the past we haven't done that. Children have been seen and not heard. In part the Children Act 2004 has encouraged us to relook at ourselves.
"At the heart of the Children Act is the ambition to improve the safety and well being of children. We have given this area prominence in our approach to implementation.
"The changes we hope to make are not about social services or education. They are about children's services and we will encourage everyone to be involved with the development of this new service."
As well as the new Children's Services department, Birmingham City Council proposes to create "one-stop shops" which will give immediate help to children in need.
It is anticipated that all organisations, which have contact with children in the city, will have a representative who has signed a contract agreeing to do their best for children and young people in their care.
This "one-stop shop" aims to provide a simpler and quicker way of looking after youngsters in need.
Coun Sue Anderson (Lib Dem Sheldon), cabinet member for social care and health, said: "This is about seeking to have one point of contact with the family within the community which provides the conduit for support for children and young people. One person would take the lead and the responsibility for each child.
"This is not about turning upside down all the partnerships that we have formed, but about bringing the partnerships together. At the moment we too often see services coming too late in a child's life."
The proposals will be discussed this summer.
Last November inspectors revealed Birmingham was one of the worst social service departments in the country.