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5 takeaways from our event on Children’s Services improvement

5 takeaways from our event on Children’s Services…

We asked Chief Executives and Directors of Children’s Services what 'improvement' really…

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Children’s Mental Health Week: the clear impacts of the pandemic

Children’s Mental Health Week: the clear impacts of the…

This year more so than ever, it feels important to shine the brightest of lights on Children's…

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NCAS Conference 2020: an online affair

NCAS Conference 2020: an online affair

Normally at this time of year, we would be busy packing our bags for the annual National Children & Adult…

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Why the narrative on children’s services needs to change

Why the narrative on children’s services needs to change

Today, we launch our report in association with the NLGN on the transformation of children's…

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Move over variance, there’s a new ‘V’ on the block

Move over variance, there’s a new ‘V’ on the block

Variance has dominated much of the children’s services narrative for too long now – it’s…

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NEW REPORT: Valuing Care Impact Update

NEW REPORT: Valuing Care Impact Update

Today we are delighted to launch a short report and video highlighting the impacts of our…

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Value – not variance – is key to reforming children’s services

Value – not variance – is key to reforming…

A focus on outcome productivity in children’s services would unequivocally deliver the step…

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Variation in children’s social care: let’s learn from the best councils

Variation in children’s social care: let’s learn from…

Our response to the NAO's report exploring pressures on children’s social care

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Central government failure for SEND

Central government failure for SEND

Nobody would argue against the additional £250 million granted to councils this week to relieve budget pressures in High Needs funding….

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Shining A Light volume 3: Are we valuing care?

Shining A Light volume 3: Are we valuing care?

Launching our children's services essay collection

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Debating public services at Labour Party Conference

Debating public services at Labour Party Conference

I spent yesterday at the Labour Party conference, to take part in an important panel discussion on local government. It…

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Demystifying the right level of funding for vulnerable children

Demystifying the right level of funding for vulnerable…

Another day, another news story depicting the breadth and depth of the challenge facing children’s services departments across the country. …

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Valuing children’s care

Valuing children’s care

Four out of ten children in care today might not be there if the system was better organised. That’s one…

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Consulting Excellence: IMPOWER’s commitment

Consulting Excellence: IMPOWER’s commitment

As a member of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), early this year IMPOWER formally committed to Consulting Excellence – a…

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Do alternative models work for child services?

Do alternative models work for child services?

This article was originally posted in The MJ. In recent months local government has been calling on Theresa May and…

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