When you respond to the complexity in children’s services, outcomes can be improved – and money saved.
There is almost universal agreement on what we want for our children and young people; to be living safely (with family wherever possible) and being given every chance to achieve their dreams.
In the context of insufficient funds, with more children and young people coming into the care of local authorities, and more families with special educational needs and disabilities requiring support, it is more important than ever for Directors of Children’s Services and other leaders to refocus their ways of working to support outcomes for children and young people.
Our work has proven that it is possible, through working with partners to deliver better outcomes that cost less through;
Our work in children’s services has two core focus areas:
Shifting the High Needs system towards earlier intervention and support, reducing new demand and stepping down unnecessary specialist provision.
Triangulating needs with costs and outcomes to drive better value from placements, prevent entry into care and improve outcomes in the system.
DEBBIE BARBES, CHEIF EXECUTIVE, LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
DAME CHRISTINE LENEHAN, DIRECTOR FOR THE NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BUREAU & DFE ADVISOR
The High Needs Advisory was set up to share strategic reflection on how to solve the challenges, and deliver the best outcomes, for children and families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).