Children’s Social
Care and Education

When you respond to the complexity in children’s services, outcomes can be improved and money saved.

The challenge

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;

  • Maximising inclusion and independence
  • Understanding need and linking to support
  • Pivoting towards early intervention

Focus areas

Our work in children’s services has two core focus areas:

Supporting High Needs

Shifting the High Needs system towards earlier intervention and support, reducing new demand and stepping down unnecessary specialist provision.

Valuing Care

Triangulating needs with costs and outcomes to drive better value from placements, prevent entry into care and improve outcomes in the system.

Valuing Care Report

Co-produced with Norfolk County Council

High Needs Delivery Advisory Board

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).