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Comment on Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme Round 2...

Commenting on the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme Round 2 Final Report, ADCS Vice President Charlotte Ramsden said:

“ADCS welcomes many of the findings in this report which supports issues that we have been raising with government for many years, namely; the need for long-term investment, the value of early intervention, and the importance of developing the wider children’s workforce. There is mounting evidence that prevention and early intervention work, not only in reducing demand for statutory services, but also in improving children’s and family’s life chances. The role of the wider children’s workforce, including early years and youth work, as well as schools and further education settings, are key to this.

As the report notes, the additional Innovation Programme funding was key for the projects to meet their aims and this must be sustained to allow them to continue their positive progress. ADCS urges the Department for Education to support local authorities in our calls for a sustainable, long-term funding settlement from the Treasury. One that allows us to put in place the kind of approaches that we know builds consistent, trusting relationships with children and their families and therefore improves lives.”


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