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Read on to hear more about:
  • Children's Social Care Innovation Programme Social Impact Bonds projects for Care leavers
  • Doncaster Children's Services strength based approach to social work
  • Hertfordshire’s podcast on about their journey to good multi-disciplinary working and staff development
  • Multi-agency events – sign up quickly to avoid disappointment!
  • Children's Social Care What Works Centre announcement
  • Useful links: Supporting families under pressure with multi-disciplinary teams
Launch of the Children's Social Care Social Impact Bond projects to support care leavers
Launch of the Children's Social Care Social Impact Bond projects to support care leavers
On Monday 28 January, the official launch event celebrating three new Social Impact Bond projects to support care leavers took place in the Houses of Parliament, with Bristol City Council (West of England ReBoot West including South Gloucestershire, Bath, North and North East Somerset), Sheffield City Council (Sheffield Apollo)  and London Borough of Lewisham (I-Aspire including Bromley and Royal Borough of Greenwich) all present as well as care leavers themselves. You can learn more about these projects, their partners and how the Innovation Programme is supporting them on the video here.
Doncaster Children's Services Trust senior staff talk about strengths-based approaches to social work.
A video clip from Doncaster Children's Services Trust on how they have used the strenths-based approaches to social work is available here. 
The Innovation Programme is continuing to test promising findings of this model relating to the seven features and seven outcomes to see their potential impact.
Hertfordshire Council - ‘All our workers are leaders’
Listen to a Podcast interview featuring Jenny Coles talking about Hertfordshire council's journey to a 'good' Ofsted rating with its senior leadership rated 'outstanding' through strengthening its multi-disciplinary practice and effective staff development. To hear more click here.
Multi-agency safeguarding reform - regional events
National Children's Bureau (NCB) have published an interim report 'Safeguarding Early Adopters - Developing the learning on Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements' which sets out the early learning from the Early Adopters programme.  Emerging learning has been developed on the following themes: independent scrutiny, local reviews, child death review arrangements, the role of wider partners, the voice of children and young people and funding the new arrangements.  The document is available here.
The cross-government safeguarding implementation board regional events for local areas to network and share learning on implementing the reforms are available on the following dates:
  • 5th March - Derby - Spaces going quickly
  • 13th March - Manchester - Fully booked
  • 19th March - Norwich - Spaces going quickly
  • 21st March - Bristol - Fully booked
  • 27th March - Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Limited spaces left.
Details on how to register for the events is available at here.
To book your place please email and include your contact details and role.

What Works Centre for Children's Social Care (WWC) update
The What Works Centre is excited to announce the successful partner local authorities that will be working on their Change Projects. These projects, designed to trial innovative ways to move services closer to children and young people, will run from now until March 2020. To find out more please click here.

#IUseEvidence meeting on 30th January, hosted by the centre provided the perfect opportunity for practitioners to champion best practice to improve outcomes for children and young people.  Find out more here.


The Centre has also launched its new evidence library with 11 evidence reviews and with more to come, providing reliable, easy access to which social care interventions are effective and why. Visit the website to find out more.

Read the 'Whats New' page on the WWC website for updates
Supporting families under pressure with multi-disciplinary teams
Read on to see an interesting article on the Troubled Families Programme and Department for Education working together with Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to improve mental health for looked after children. The article also refers to the learning they have used from our Innovation Programme projects, including, Hertfordshire, Stockport and North Yorkshire. To find out more, please click here.

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