Latest news and events
This newsletter contains information on newly announced funding for additional Innovation Programme projects, an update on the publication of evaluation reports and a summary of our learning events.
The Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson has today announced that a further 11 projects have been awarded £36 million of Innovation Programme funding.
You can read about the key highlights from these events here. We will follow up with more details on other learning events through our newsletter and on this website, please keep an eye out for these.
Targeted Funding Opportunity now open for Expressions of Interest
In November, the Department for Education announced a Targeted Funding Opportunity through the Innovation Programme to develop and test innovations focusing on the four policy areas highlighted in ‘Putting Children First’:
How to get involved
The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme is working with the sector to radically transform the children’s social care system so that we achieve better life chances and improved social mobility for children receiving support and better value for money for the sector. The Programme is inspiring practice change and finding new and innovative ways to improve outcomes.
We are delighted to present the Interim Learning Report which is based on learning and reflections from the mid-point of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme (summer 2015).
Welcome to the fourth edition of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme newsletter.
The 53 projects are now in the delivery phase – delivering on making their innovative ideas a reality.
Welcome to the third edition of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme newsletter.
Over the last few months, the 53 projects have now moved into the delivery phase – delivering on making their innovative ideas a reality.
Welcome to the second edition of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme newsletter. The DfE has committed over £100m to 53 different projects, working with half of all the local authorities in England and over 150 other public, private and voluntary sector organisations.
Jo Harrington from the Spring consortium led a presentation at the first webinar on 8 December 2014 on the prototyping-led model approach to testing, which can be divided in three different stages of testing: 1) exploring ideas, 2) modelling ideas, and 3) refining ideas.
The money from the Department for Education innovation fund will be used to design a leadership development programme.
Four children’s services initiatives including a project to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) have been awarded a total of £11m from the Department for Education’s Innovation Fund, it has been announced.
People who are keen to adopt will be able to “buddy up” with existing adopters who will mentor them as part of an initiative being backed with £500,000 of government money.
Hertfordshire council’s head of family safeguarding tells Community Care how they plan to spend £4.86m from the innovation fund.
Social workers will spend less time on paperwork under a new plan to improve the lives of vulnerable families in Potters Bar.
THE most vulnerable families in Hertfordshire are to benefit from a £4.8m Government grant which will free up social workers to spend more time with them.
A new project to transform children’s social care by prioritising frontline work with vulnerable families over form-filling and needless bureaucracy has secured government backing worth up to £4.2 million.
A new project which will create a one-stop support shop for troubled children and families in Ealing has secured government backing worth up to £3.5 million.
An innovative project to support vulnerable young people and their families in Sefton has secured government backing worth up to £1.1 million.
The programme – backed by Sefton Council – will bring together local youth justice, family intervention, substance misuse and social work staff to create a single integrated service for young people on the edge of care.
Project summary: Pause – breaking the cycle of repeat child removals
Project summary: Munro, Turnell, Murphy – Transforming Children’s Services through Signs of Safety
Project summary: No Wrong Door – Rethinking Care for Adolescents (North Yorkshire)
The response to the expressions of interest (EOI) process has been incredible. We were amazed at the level of interest in the Innovation Programme at the launch and follow-up workshops in London and Leeds, and this has continued through the summer with 280+ expressions of interested being submitted to the programme.
Three-quarters of the women in the Pause project in Hackney have had more than four children removed into care
Last week at workshops in London and Leeds, we saw the coming together of ideas and proposals from local authorities, charities and enterprises wishing to take part in the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.
An innovative way of delivering child protection services is to be piloted across three central London councils, transforming the way social care teams work with families to prevent children suffering harm and abuse.