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Valuing Children

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 blogpost: How parents added value to Valuing SEND in Herts

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February 18, 2020

3 key themes from our first Valuing SEND Shared Learning Event

Our recent Shared Learning Event discussed the pioneering role of Valuing SEND in achieving a more inclusive and financially sustainable SEND system.

February 6, 2020

Valuing Care in Stockton-on-Tees: what have we learned, and where next?

'We have already achieved better outcomes for some of our young people, and we think this could save us around £4.2m a year.' Martin Gray, Director of Children's Services at Stockton Council.

January 21, 2020

Home-to-school transport: independence and influence

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December 10, 2019

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November 19, 2019

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November 13, 2019

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