Council redesigns children’s services to cut bureaucracy after innovation fund windfall

Hertfordshire council’s head of family safeguarding tells Community Care how they plan to spend £4.86m from the innovation fund.

Money is a rare commodity in local authorities today, so you can imagine the elation when Hertfordshire council’s children’s services discovered they would be reaping the benefits of the Department for Education’s innovation fund.

Hertfordshire, in fact, were the biggest beneficiaries of the fund. Their bid for a ‘large scale system change’ and brand new approach to social work practice in the council was this week endorsed to the tune of £4.86m.

This money, says director of family safeguarding Sue Williams, will be used to upscale their child protection teams into newly designed ‘locality family safeguarding teams’, which will place more emphasis on helping the parents of children on protection plans as well as the children themselves. “I don’t think this has ever been done before,” Williams says.

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