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Early adopters set out the key features of children’s trusts

When it launched its children’s social care reform programme nearly five years ago, the Department for Education expressed an ambition that a third of councils should be in the process of handing responsibility for services to a children’s trust, or had completed the process, by 2020.

Technology in Children's Services: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
At its best, technology speeds up laborious inputting of information, enabling children’s services practitioners to spend more time with their clients, helps commissioners to identify trends so they can prioritise resources, and enable leaders to make informed choices on how services are structured.

Successful partnership working

Partnership working has far-reaching benefits for children’s services, ensuring resources go further and best practice is shared. Knowing what makes a successful partnership is key to strong leadership.

Shared Services: Policy context

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  • Thursday, January 2, 2020
Defining what shared services are is vital to understand the approaches that work best in services for children and young people and whether there is scope for this to grow.

Shared Services Briefing

This briefing highlights many of the issues facing councils, and asks whether ultimately, shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers.

Children’s services inspection

Ofsted says the children’s services inspection regime is working well, but an independent assessment found areas for improvement. The ADCS’s Steve Crocker tells Jo Stephenson how ILACS can be refined.

Shared Services: Special Report

Fresh evidence suggests collaboration is helping local authorities to find a wider range of care options for vulnerable children and introduce a greater array of good practice approaches to improve outcomes.

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