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Clause 29 in the Children and Social Work Bill

Dave Hill, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“The realities of frontline service design and delivery is running ahead of government policy and innovation is frequently used by local authorities to find creative ways of doing more with fewer resources to improve the lives of children, young people and families. Local authorities have transformed the way public services are designed and delivered in recent years, new models and partnerships have become the norm. Shared services, regional commissioning, social enterprises and trust arrangements are now commonplace and further developments are in the pipeline driven by the devolution agenda. We must trust our professionals to do the right thing by the children and families they work with and allow individual authorities to come to a decision about the freedoms afforded to them now and in the future in line with local needs, strategic plans and political direction. If this measure becomes law it is crucial that the necessary safeguards are in place to ensure that the best interests of children and families remain at the heart of any decision made by councils applying for an exemption.”


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