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Children’s Services

Improving the lives of 100,000 children by maximising value and eradicating unnecessary demand in children's services.

The challenge

There is a commonly-held view that delivering high quality outcomes in local government can be achieved if the right controls and processes are in place. At IMPOWER, we believe this to be an illusion. At their heart, public services are complex, where outcomes are not linear, responsibilities are distributed, and where success depends on creating the right relationships across and between system boundaries.

The demands placed on children’s services departments have risen continually over the last ten years, and budgets have been cut as a result of austerity measures enforced by central government. By reframing the challenge and looking at complexity across the system, we have proven that demand can be managed and that better outcomes can cost less.

Our solution

Our Valuing Children campaign has three elements: Target Demand Redesign, Reframing Special Educational Needs & Disability, and Valuing Care. Individually and collectively, they look beyond the traditional boundaries in local government and use individuals’ needs to inform service design and to demonstrate value.

This approach requires new tools, insights, skills and metrics. Rather than managing savings spreadsheets, we focus on changing behaviours at the frontline and on managing trajectories so that change is truly embedded and service users get the right support at the right cost and at the right time.

Our unique approach gives Directors of Children’s Services the evidence and the confidence to understand the value of their services. Through our campaign, we aim to improve the lives of 100,000 more children by maximising value and eradicating unnecessary demand in children’s services.

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Guest blog – Phil Watson: Using Valuing Care to improve outcomes and support for children and young people

Guest blog – Phil Watson: Using Valuing Care to…

Many have welcomed an approach which puts the emphasis on their needs, strengths and aspirations in the ‘here and now’ rather than professional discussion of their ‘case history’.

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Pauline Melvin-Anderson OBE shares three themes from our Shared Learning Event

Pauline Melvin-Anderson OBE shares three themes from our…

Guest blogpost from Pauline Melvin-Anderson OBE, Director of Learning, Inclusion and Skills, Derby City Council Last week I was pleased…

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A reflection on Wales and its non-profit ambition for children’s placements

A reflection on Wales and its non-profit ambition for…

To successfully move to a non-profit model in children’s placements, we need to focus on outcomes.

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Guest blog – Jenny Coles: The ‘can do’ attitude of Children’s Services

Guest blog – Jenny Coles: The ‘can do’ attitude of…

Reflections from IMPOWER’s Shared Learning Event which I recently chaired.

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Independent Review of Children’s Social Care – 5 reflections

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care – 5…

I reflect on this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to reform the system.

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How to make change stick – the ADKAR approach

How to make change stick – the ADKAR approach

A change management tool to enable sustainable change.

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Improving prevention for children and families and making change stick

Improving prevention for children and families and making…

The Children's Act 2004 has no dedicated prevention policy. Here are three ways to enhance prevention so children and families get the right support at the right time.

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Improving the SEND System – the SEND and AP Green Paper is finally here

Improving the SEND System – the SEND and AP Green Paper is…

Read Leo Jones's blog on the new DfE Green paper on SEND.

REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Valuing Care

Valuing Care

Delivering better outcomes and life chances for children and young people

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How can we really listen to public problems?

How can we really listen to public problems?

Leading-edge technology presents an opportunity to not only hear what residents are saying, but to really listen

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Impact forecast : The big five changes in health and social care

Impact forecast : The big five changes in health and social…

Health and social care leaders must incorporate these changes to implement an integrated and efficient system for the planning and delivery of services.

CASE STUDY

Helping RBKC put communities first

Helping RBKC put communities first

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