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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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CASE STUDY

Transforming the lives of children with SEND

Transforming the lives of children with SEND

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Social determinants, rather than health issues, cause 1% of the population to need up to a third of ambulance call-outs.

Social determinants, rather than health issues, cause 1% of…

It seems social determinants rather than health issues drive accident & emergency visits and ambulance call-outs

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MCA Awards 2021: IMPOWER and clients named as finalists in 3 categories

MCA Awards 2021: IMPOWER and clients named as finalists in 3…

Winners will be announced at the MCA Awards Ceremony on 1 November

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Guest blogpost: ‘Transforming the lives of children with SEND in Lincolnshire’

Guest blogpost: ‘Transforming the lives of children…

Blogpost written by Coralie Cross, Chair of Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum and a parent of a child with a disability

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‘She doesn’t look autistic’ – bias, and what we can do about it

‘She doesn’t look autistic’ – bias, and what we can…

‘She doesn’t look autistic’ – bias, and what we can do about it Everyone carries unconscious bias to specific stimuli….

REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Riding the waves: Strengthening council resilience

Riding the waves: Strengthening council resilience

Our latest report in partnership with the County Councils Network (CCN) and IMPOWER Resilience Framework

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MJ article: Unravelling the knot of education, health and care plans

MJ article: Unravelling the knot of education, health and…

The crisis in SEND - 8 challenges that need to be addressed

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Place-based opportunities to reduce inequalities for children and young people

Place-based opportunities to reduce inequalities for…

ICSs provide a real opportunity to improve the lives of our children and young people, and we owe it to them to grasp this.

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What I learned from RBKC’s response to Covid

What I learned from RBKC’s response to Covid

Like in Apollo 13, we invented a way to fit a square peg into a round hole… rapidly

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Leading Through Lockdown – the 3 C’s

Leading Through Lockdown – the 3 C’s

My reflections on the virtual Solace Leadership Forum 2021

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Valuing Children

Valuing Children

Delivering better outcomes that cost less in children’s services

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