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

Children’s Services Module

Evaluates the outcomes and productivity of local authority Departments of Children’s Services

Valuing Care Module

Analyses performance (on outcomes and spend) of local authority Children’s Services Departments in relation to Looked-After Children

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What was missing from the LGA’s ‘Making Sense’ report on children’s services

What was missing from the LGA’s ‘Making Sense’ report…

The Local Government Association (LGA) recently published a research report on children’s services. While the report – ‘Making Sense: Understanding…

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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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Pinball kids: time to say game over

Pinball kids: time to say game over

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, recently published the 2018 Stability Index, an annual measure of the stability…

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Girls, gangs and their abusive relationships

Girls, gangs and their abusive relationships

  In September, I will be taking a sabbatical from IMPOWER to embark on research in the US under the…

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Valuing Care – the impact in Hertfordshire

Valuing Care – the impact in Hertfordshire

  IMPOWER’s Valuing Care programme helps councils improve the life chances of children in care by strengthening the links between…

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Children’s placements: switching from lottery to logic

Children’s placements: switching from lottery to logic

  I am pleased that the debate on funding for children’s services is getting more traction at a national level,…

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Accountability in children’s care placements is only part of the equation

Accountability in children’s care placements is only part…

A recent media story (‘Councils not held to account for commissioning social care, claims MP’)  reported the debate in Parliament’s…

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Redefining Prevention

Redefining Prevention

They say that “prevention is better than cure”, and indeed we often see prevention as a binary choice: we didn’t…

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Ensuring that care leavers are ‘life-ready’

Ensuring that care leavers are ‘life-ready’

The stark reality for care leavers is that the odds are stacked against them. Almost one third (31%) of 18-year…

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Fostering Stocktake: valuing foster carers

Fostering Stocktake: valuing foster carers

Our national fostering system has been neglected for too long. Despite being the mainstay of our statutory parenting capacity, and…

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