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Fostering Fortnight: 3 reflections on supporting foster carers

Fostering Fortnight: 3 reflections on supporting foster…

How can we ensure that foster carers are as well-supported as possible when they make the huge decision to foster a child?

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IMPOWER INDEX: NEW ‘HIGH NEEDS’ MODULE

IMPOWER INDEX: NEW ‘HIGH NEEDS’ MODULE

We have released a new specialist module of the IMPOWER INDEX, which takes an in-depth look at the provision of services for pupils and students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), under the high needs funding system.

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NEW VIDEO: IMPOWER's Valuing Care programme

NEW VIDEO: IMPOWER's Valuing Care programme

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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 Valuing Care programme so far.

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Valuing Care Impact Update

Valuing Care Impact Update

Since February 2018, five councils have used Valuing Care to improve outcomes. This report shares some of the learning.

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It’s time for public services to talk about girls and gangs

It’s time for public services to talk about girls and…

The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield announced last week that she was calling for a review into support for female gang members in each local authority area. The highlighting of women and girls involved in crime is timely.

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Valuing Care should be the sector norm

Valuing Care should be the sector norm

Over the past few weeks, I’ve hosted three sessions for directors, practitioners and commissioners from five councils to share with each other how they are making the most of the Valuing Care approach. Here are three of my reflections.

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Introducing our Valuing Independence and Valuing Children Campaigns

Introducing our Valuing Independence and Valuing Children…

IMPOWER exists to increase the quality of people’s lives by making meaningful and measurable improvements to local public services. Drawing on 20 years of insight and impact, we have introduced two new campaigns with ambitious goals to help us align our purpose with our work in adult social care and children’s services.

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New Children’s Commissioner report highlights a national scandal

New Children’s Commissioner report highlights a national…

'Early access to mental health support' report shows that there is insufficient lower level preventative support available

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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 changes in understanding called for in the recent PAC report ‘Transforming Children’s Services’.

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Guest blogpost: “We are already achieving real impact for children and young people through Valuing Care”

Guest blogpost: “We are already achieving real impact for…

Guest blogpost written by Tracey Bowman, Access to Resources Manager at Norfolk County Council.Along with four other local authorities, Norfolk County Council is using Valuing Care to improve the lives of children and young people, and increase the value provided by placements and support.

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A plea to councils: put behaviour change at the heart of transformation

A plea to councils: put behaviour change at the heart of…

I joined the LGA’s ‘Behaviour Change’ conference this week. I was there to share our impact in Ealing through the Better Lives programme, and in particular how applied behavioural science has led to a massive 39% reduction in referrals from the front door to adult social care teams.

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