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Move over variance, there’s a new ‘V’ on the block

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.

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NEW REPORT: Valuing Care Impact Update

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.

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Valuing Care should be the sector norm

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.

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Introducing our Valuing Independence and Valuing Children Campaigns

Introducing our Valuing Independence and Valuing Children…

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.

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New Children’s Commissioner report highlights a national scandal

New Children’s Commissioner report highlights a national…

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

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

Value – not variance – is key to reforming…

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’.

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IMPOWER’S Jon Ainger named ‘Thought Leadership Consultant of the Year’

IMPOWER’S Jon Ainger named ‘Thought Leadership…

I am absolutely delighted that Jon Ainger, Director at IMPOWER, was named ‘Thought Leader Consultant of the Year’ at last night’s Management Consultancies Association Awards. In addition, two of our projects were Highly Commended.

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

Guest blogpost: “We are already achieving real impact for…

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.

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Guest blogpost: Getting it right for our children – Valuing Care in Oxfordshire

Guest blogpost: Getting it right for our children –…

'It is helping us guarantee that the children in our care have every opportunity to thrive and succeed.'

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Variation in children’s social care: let’s learn from the best councils

Variation in children’s social care: let’s learn from…

Our response to the NAO's report exploring pressures on children’s social care

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IMPOWER and clients named as finalists in 3 categories of 2019 MCA Awards

IMPOWER and clients named as finalists in 3 categories of…

IMPOWER and two of our clients have been shortlisted for work on Valuing Care, adult social care and outcome productivity

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Needs and strengths, not risks and problems – improving life chances for children in care

Needs and strengths, not risks and problems – improving…

The sector needs to capture and respond to the specific needs and strengths of children in order to improve outcomes

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