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Valuing Care Module


This module of the IMPOWER INDEX analyses local council Children’s Services Departments’ performance on outcomes and spend in relation to Looked-After Children (LAC). It is one of the tools used in our Valuing Care programme, which strengthens the links between children’s needs, the outcomes being pursued, and the resources available.

In this module, productivity is the ratio between the average spend on a looked-after child and outcomes including:

  • Educational achievement
  • Emotional and behavioural health
  • Outcomes for care leavers

While opinions vary on the nature and relevance of these domains, they act as a useful catalyst and proxy for assessing how well each child can reach their full potential.

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Top Level INDEX

Ranks council productivity and examines performance through six lenses

High Needs Module

Analyses and benchmarks performance across a range of factors in relation to children with high needs with a specific focus on managing demand

Adult Social Care Module

Assesses and benchmarks performance across a range of factors, with a specific focus on managing demand

Children’s Services Module

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