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ADCS responds to the Wood Report

Sara Tough, Chair of the ADCS Families, Communities and Young People Policy Committee, said:

“The Wood Report gives us good grounds for optimism that change is in train in local partnerships across the country, that it is beginning to embed and this in turn is impacting on children’s outcomes. And, although the report identifies that some partnerships have been bolder and this transformation is at different stages in different areas, this is encouraging news given the review was commissioned just three months after the government’s own implementation deadline and was largely carried out during the pandemic. The events of the last 12 months have underlined the importance of partnership working in this space and the role of schools could not be clearer and, as the report recommends, they must be drawn closer to multi-agency arrangements in a more consistent way going forward.

“The report also calls on cross-departmental ministers and officials to do more to model the behaviours they wish to see in local partnerships, with a specific and sharp step up in support and encouragement recommended. Similarly, the bulk of recommendations are aimed at central government, including new investment in capturing and sharing good practice and expanding guidance as well as greater clarity on funding this joint work would be most welcome.”

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