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Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme Newsletter –October 2017

Newsletter 8: July 2017

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.

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Newsletter 7: March 2017

11 further projects to be funded through the Innovation Programme

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.

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Learning update – key highlights from events

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.

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Newsletter 6: January 2017

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’:

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Deadline passed for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for Targeted Funding Opportunity policy areas

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.

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Evaluation summaries now available

Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme. Newsletter 5: March 2016

Interim Learning Report for the Innovation Programme.

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).

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Newsletter 4: November 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.

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Newsletter 3: July 2015

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.

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Newsletter 2: March 2015

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.

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Developing and testing ideas – how do we know we’re testing the right thing?

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.

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Frontline receives £1.8m grant to develop scheme for first line managers

The money from the Department for Education innovation fund will be used to design a leadership development programme.

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Four projects clinch £11m of DfE innovation funding

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.

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Adopter 'buddy' scheme secures DfE innovation funding -

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.

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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.

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Council to improve lives of vulnerable people in Potters Bar

Social workers will spend less time on paperwork under a new plan to improve the lives of vulnerable families in Potters Bar.

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Most vulnerable families in Herts to benefit from £4.8m Government grant

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Programme Newsletter - 2

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)

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Reflections from the EOI process – blog piece 2

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.

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Project for women with repeat children taken into care gains £3m boost

Three-quarters of the women in the Pause project in Hackney have had more than four children removed into care

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Project aimed at helping children and young people in care receives £2.1m government backing

DfE to more than treble funding for innovative children’s social work

Edward Timpson speaks at NCAS conference 2014

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Reflections from the EOI workshop – blog piece 1

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.

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£4m funding to Triborough

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.

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Edward Timpson speaks at our Innovation Summit

The ADCS Annual Conference is taking place 9 – 11th July

May 2014: Children’s Minister Edward Timpson speaks about innovation in children’s services at the Community Care Live conference

April 2014: DfE launches information about the programme and how to apply for a small seed grant

April 2014: Children’s Minister Edward Timpson addresses the NSPCC’s 'How safe are our children?' conference

November 2013: Michael Gove speech to the NSPCC: getting it right for children in need

October 2013: Edward Timpson speaks to NCAS about how innovative approaches can transform the life chances of vulnerable children and young people