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Technology in Children's Services: Policy context

  • 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.

Shared Services: Policy context

  • 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.

We must be clear about what we mean by shared services

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020
The language of shared services has become prevalent over the last few years, particularly in local government policy making and public services delivery. However, as these studies illustrate, the meaning of shared services is open to interpretation, and care is required about whether this is a useful term or yet another buzz term that seeks collaborative advantage.

Evidence and Impact: Policy context

  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Despite the political parties pledging billions of pounds of additional investment in public services during the election campaign – and assurances from ministers in the previous government that the era of austerity is over – the need for projects and organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and families to demonstrate their interventions are an efficient and effective use of resources has never been greater.

Leadership: Delivering good supervision

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Good supervision is vital to ensure young people receive services from trained and supported staff and also helps practitioners develop professionally and deal with the pressures of work.

Special Report: Children's Mental Health

The Future in Mind national strategy and £1.4bn in funding is seeing a reorganisation of children's mental health services that is aiming to transform the outcomes of children and young people.

Social work set free to innovate

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire are among the authorities chosen to take part in the Partners in Practice programme to transform children's social care. Eileen Fursland finds out about their plans.

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