Using needs-led evidence to design services and approaches to early intervention and prevention models, we enable local authorities to sustainably manage demand and build family resilience.
The demands placed on children’s services have risen continually over the last 10 years. Austerity made it harder to meet those demands, and the pandemic has since added additional challenges. However, our work has shown that much if the demand for children’s services is influenceable: it can be reduced, delayed or avoided altogether. There are real opportunities to reduce the number of children entering specialist services and to make these services more financially sustainable. This means turning away from high-cost and often low impact statutory provision and towards more impactful interventions earlier on that build resilience in families.
We work with local authorities and their partners to understand demand for children’s services within their local setting using techniques including:
Our approach makes it possible to influence demand in order to achieve better outcomes that save money. We co-produce an evidence base for change, then work with local authorities to co-design and importantly deliver, new and sustainable systems that are authentic to the local area and that have the confidence of the professionals and practitioners working within them.
avoidable demand (children in care) across 30+ councils