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Valuing Care

We enable local authorities to improve the life chances of children in care by strengthening the links between children's needs, the outcomes being pursued, and the financial resources available.

The challenge

While more resources are being directed towards children and young people in care, this has neither solved the challenges faced by the system nor addressed the pressures of rising demand. There is no correlation between the needs of the children and young people in care, the outcomes they achieve or the investments made. While this is clearly not intentional, social workers, professionals and service providers have no shared language to describe the complex requirements of children and young people in care, and without a true understanding of needs, some children are left with no carers or placements. A new approach is needed.

Our solution

IMPOWER’s Valuing Care programme improves the life chances of children in care by strengthening the links between children’s needs, the outcomes being pursued, and the resources available. By better capturing and reviewing the needs of looked after children, councils can make better decisions on support, placements and commissioning.

Following assessment by social workers and other professionals, it enables the placement cost of every child in a council’s care to be mapped against their individual needs.

By mapping all children in this way, councils are able to understand – often for the first time – where need is across the cohort of children in their care and how resources are currently used. In turn this enables better decision making on support, placements and commissioning.

By enabling councils to bring greater value, transparency and fairness to the way resources are allocated by their Children’s Services Departments, the Valuing Care approach improves the life chances of children in care and ensures that every pound spent makes a positive difference.

Our impact

Recent projects

14%

increase in Foster Carer utilisation (saving £1.4m)

£3.2m

saved from step-downs

"Valuing Care is helping us secure the best placements for those children and to guarantee that they have every opportunity to thrive and succeed."

SARAH DUERDEN, STRENGTHENING PLACEMENTS LEAD FOR CHILDREN, EDUCATION AND FAMILIES AT OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Further reading

BLOG

Guest blogpost: Valuing Care in Stockton-on-Tees – what have we learned, and where next?

Guest blogpost: Valuing Care in Stockton-on-Tees –…

'We have already achieved better outcomes for some of our young people, and we think this could…

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Guest blogpost: Valuing Care… a win-win-win for foster carer, child and children’s services?

Guest blogpost: Valuing Care… a win-win-win for foster…

"For the many local authorities I come across which are constantly seeking value for money and…

CASE STUDY

NEW VIDEO: IMPOWER's Valuing Care programme

NEW VIDEO: IMPOWER's Valuing Care programme

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

Guest blogpost: Re-imagining value with Valuing Care –…

Our aim is to develop an understanding of value for money that is not simply a matter of cost,…

REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Valuing Care Impact Update

Valuing Care Impact Update

Since February 2018, five councils have used Valuing Care to improve outcomes. This report…

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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…

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