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Valuing Children

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

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

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

September 4, 2019

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

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

September 2, 2019

Reflections from ADCS 19

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

July 15, 2019

Which councils are best at supporting children with high needs?

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

July 4, 2019

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…

July 1, 2019

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.

July 1, 2019

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

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.

June 20, 2019

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.

June 17, 2019

Fostering Fortnight: 3 reflections on supporting foster carers

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

May 23, 2019

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