Local authority children's services are leading the development of a new system of improvement and challenge through a Children’s Improvement Board. Membership of these includes local government representatives - the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), the Local Government Group (LGG), the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives - and the Department for Education. Membership will be reviewed after an external evaluation of the governance arrangements.
It is widely agreed that LA's will own and deliver the new system, which will work on the basis of:
This more open and transparent approach across local authorities should reduce instances of failure, with the Department only intervening directly in cases of significant and sustained failure. In such cases, improvement measures will still be agreed and implemented with the sector.
Some £10.5m is being made available in 2011/12 to support development and implementation of the new system.
A summary of the different stages comprising best practice commissioning, and access to further information and tools for support.
Information on The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO)
Research and good practice on effective child poverty strategies.
Joint evaluation of CSP and C4EO - brief.
Joint evaluation of the CSP and C4EO.