Innovation Programme events

Below are upcoming and past events hosted by the Innovation Programme. Please keep an eye out as this page will be updated with more details on events over the coming months.

Looked After Children: Adopting & adapting innovation to improve outcomes, 14th July 2017, Bradford

Hosted by Bradford Metropolitan District Council and North Yorkshire County Council with the Spring Consortium


You are invited to take part in an interactive session focused on adopting innovative responses to the needs of looked after children (LAC), and adapting them to new geographies.

The event will feature a number of projects funded through the Innovation Programme, including Bradford’s ‘B Positive Pathways’, North Yorkshire County Council’s ‘No Wrong Door’ and the Fostering Network’s Mockingbird model. There will also be reflections from the evaluators on learning from the projects.

This event will explore opportunities for a regional Yorkshire & Humberside children’s social care (CSC) learning hub.

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Social Work Methodology: Implementing a unified theory of practice, 13th July 2017, London

In partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and the London Borough of Islington with the Spring Consortium


We would like to invite you to an interactive session focusing on the practical learning from projects that have been implementing a unified theory of practice (for example strengths based methods). This will consider practice across all social work services including multidisciplinary teams.

The event will involve a number of projects funded by the Innovation Programme including Hertfordshire’s ‘Family Safeguarding’ project and Islington’s ‘Doing What Counts and Measuring What Matters’ project. Additional practitioners will talk about taking these innovations forwards elsewhere. There will also be reflections from the evaluators on the learning from the projects. We will explore the evidenced based benefits of adopting a common approach for improving services and effective ways of implementing this across disciplines and services.

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Complex Safeguarding: Addressing the impact of domestic violence, 30th June 2017, Webinar – Recording now available to view

Hosted by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and the London Borough of Newham with the Spring Consortium


In January we hosted a complex safeguarding event in Manchester in which 37 representatives from local authorities across England attended. Following the success of this event we would like to invite you to a webinar which will focus on the topic of domestic violence. The impact of domestic violence on children and young people is a complex issue which requires a multi-agency response and a significant breadth of knowledge and skills for workers to both identify and address.

This webinar will be an opportunity to hear Doncaster and Newham in conversation about their journeys in targeting domestic violence. They will highlight some of the strategic challenges faced and the need to establish the right local environment.

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Innovation Programme event: Innovation towards Excellence, 16th March 2017

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme invites you to an event, Innovation towards Excellence, on 16th March 2017 at Manchester Town Hall, from 10am to 4pm.

This event will be a series of interactive sessions for leaders and senior decision makers in Children’s Social Care.

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Family Group Conference, 26th January 2017

The Family Group Conference model has been used in a variety of different contexts -­ as a small service, services supported by a national FGC organisation and by large a local authority using it throughout its work. It has also been used in new areas of work for the UK with domestic violence as an example. The Innovation Programme would like to host this event to share mutual learnings on what is needed for successful and sustainable implementation and to consider what might help support its development in the future.

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Whole Service Change Programmes, 25th January 2017

A number of local authorities have embarked upon significant whole service change programmes, which covered changes to practice, structure, system and culture, amongst other profound organisational and system changes. To support the local authorities who have and are embarking on this journey, the Innovation Programme would like to invite you to come together and share mutual learnings on what is needed for a successful and sustainable implementation.

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Complex safeguarding, 20th January 2017 Manchester

Hosted by Wigan and Rochdale Borough Councils with the Spring Consortium

Complex safeguarding situations include a multitude of issues for workers to identify and address. Therefore, to support the professionals working in this demanding area, the Innovation Programme would like to invite you to a participatory workshop to consider, discuss and learn from innovation projects who have looked at targeted and specialist interventions.

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Building on recommendations from Narey report workshop, 9th November 2016

Participants at this workshop discussed Martin Narey’s review of residential care and explored opportunities to put some of his recommendations into practice. The workshop followed the publication of Putting Children First, the Department for Education’s vision for children’s social care, which set our ambitions to explore new approaches to delivering and commissioning residential care and piloting Staying Close.

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Targeted Early Support in Children’s Social Care workshop, 15th November 2016

Participants at this workshop discussed the provision of ‘targeted support’ which focuses on children already within the statutory children’s social care system as distinct from traditional ‘early help’ approaches. Discussion focused on ideas around developing and testing different approaches to providing targeted support and understanding how these ideas could help to address the needs of children in a more effective way, reducing the need for more intensive forms of intervention.

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Developing social impact bonds to deliver better outcomes for care leavers, 24 November 2016

Participants at this workshop explored opportunities to develop Social Impact Bonds to improve outcomes for care leavers. The workshop followed the publication of Keep on Caring, the DfE’s Care Leaver Strategy to support young people into independence, which set out ambitions to support and test new approaches that empower care leavers to have a greater say in the design and delivery of services and to create the first care leaver-specific Social Impact Bond.

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Alternative Delivery Model workshop, 20th October 2016

This workshop followed the publication of Putting Children First, which set out a bold ambition that, by 2020, over a third of local authorities will either be delivering their children’s services through a new model or be actively working towards and alternative delivery model. Whilst structural change is not an end in itself, in the right circumstances it may the key to unlocking improvement and responding to budgetary pressures as well as new challenges to our children and young people.

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