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Birmingham Children’s Trust: Three years in

Following a decade of poor performance, England’s largest children’s services department moved to a trust model in 2018. Charlotte Goddard speaks to key people about whether the move has paid off.

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.

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.

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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