Two reports this month highlight the significant and entrenched challenges (current and historical) facing children’s services, i.e. the IICSA interim report on historical child abuse and the Education Policy Institute’s evidence review on vulnerable children and social care in England.
Some of the key findings in the latter report mirror our own experiences of working in children’s services. For instance, helping local authorities and their partners re-shape – and sometimes de-commission – services in the light of increasing demand, gaps in early intervention services, and ongoing budget restraints. Recently, one of the ways we have helped to tackle this is to examine the potential for bringing together teams, services and strategies across local areas and ways of doing this whilst keeping local flexibility. For further information about this work, please contact Kam Kaur at firstname.lastname@example.org.