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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 services.

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‘If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail’

‘If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a…

Too often people are prescribed home care services to meet every possible need. Support needs to be tailored to individually boost independence.

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High needs investment is welcome, but it won’t fix the system

High needs investment is welcome, but it won’t fix the…

Today’s announcement of an extra £700m for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) support will no doubt be warmly welcomed…

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Guest blogpost: ‘We have doubled the number of new families opening their hearts and homes to children and young people in care’

Guest blogpost: ‘We have doubled the number of new…

Lisa Whelan is a Service Manager at City of Wolverhampton Council There are over 600 children and young people in Wolverhampton’s…

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Engaging council colleagues beyond ‘the usual suspects’

Engaging council colleagues beyond ‘the usual suspects’

I share my reflections on Kotter's 8 steps for change in driving transformation to achieve strengths-based practice.

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Is your council getting the most from using a strengths-based approach?

Is your council getting the most from using a…

This article originally appeared in The MJ.Using a strengths-based approach helps people to live more independent lives and enables councils to achieve better outcomes for less.

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Reflections from ADCS 19

Reflections from ADCS 19

I share my reflections on the recent Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) Annual Conference.

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Which councils are best at supporting children with high needs?

Which councils are best at supporting children with high…

Our Top 10 ranking of councils in relation to high needs has today been published by The MJ.

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Why we are Valuing Care in Stockton-on-Tees

Why we are Valuing Care in Stockton-on-Tees

Martin Gray is Director of Children’s Services at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has recently signed up with IMPOWER…

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Time to reassess children’s mental health

Time to reassess children’s mental health

Time and again over the past five years, children’s social workers have told me that the insufficiency of children and young people’s mental health support is a crippling factor preventing them getting the best outcomes.

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Guest blogpost: Re-imagining value with Valuing Care – a new approach to commissioning

Guest blogpost: Re-imagining value with Valuing Care –…

Our aim is to develop an understanding of value for money that is not simply a matter of cost, but a balance of cost, quality and outcomes that best serves the child’s needs.

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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 time to move the debate on to value.

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