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IMPOWER INDEX: NEW ‘HIGH NEEDS’ MODULE

We have released a new specialist module of the IMPOWER INDEX, which takes an in-depth look at the provision of services for pupils and students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), under the high needs funding system.

May 17, 2019

NEW REPORT: Valuing Care Impact Update

Today we are delighted to launch a short report and video highlighting the impacts of our Valuing Care programme so far.

May 7, 2019

It’s time for public services to talk about girls and gangs

The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield announced last week that she was calling for a review into support for female gang members in each local authority area. The highlighting of women and girls involved in crime is timely.

April 29, 2019

Valuing Care should be the sector norm

Over the past few weeks, I’ve hosted three sessions for directors, practitioners and commissioners from five councils to share with each other how they are making the most of the Valuing Care approach. Here are three of my reflections.

April 26, 2019

Introducing our Valuing Independence and Valuing Children Campaigns

IMPOWER exists to increase the quality of people’s lives by making meaningful and measurable improvements to local public services. Drawing on 20 years of insight and impact, we have introduced two new campaigns with ambitious goals to help us align our purpose with our work in adult social care and children’s services.

April 23, 2019

New Children’s Commissioner report highlights a national scandal

'Early access to mental health support' report shows that there is insufficient lower level preventative support available

April 10, 2019

Value – not variance – is key to reforming children’s services

A focus on outcome productivity in children’s services would unequivocally deliver the step changes in understanding called for in the recent PAC report ‘Transforming Children’s Services’.

April 2, 2019

Guest blogpost: “We are already achieving real impact for children and young people through Valuing Care”

Guest blogpost written by Tracey Bowman, Access to Resources Manager at Norfolk County Council. Along with four other local authorities, Norfolk County Council is using Valuing Care to improve the lives of children and young people, and increase the value provided by placements and support.

March 25, 2019

Guest Blogpost: ‘Social Workers make a significant difference in peoples’ lives’

Jacky Yates is Head of Older Adults and Adult Support, and Principal Social Worker, at Ealing Council. On the occasion of World Social Work Day, we asked Jacky to tell us about why it is important, what Ealing are doing to celebrate and her future aspirations for social work.

March 19, 2019

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