Children's social care crisis continues, with top watchdog considering an investigation
Frontline chief executive Josh MacAlister – appointed by the government this month to head an independent review into children’s social care – revealed on Twitter yesterday that he had written to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), calling on it to carry out a study into the social care market.
Competition watchdog mulling probe into children’s social care market, Community Care.co.uk
With the COVID-19 crisis ongoing, will this investigation, pushed forward by the government simply be a sticking plaster? Is it something that will produce results and the change which we all yearn for, or simply be another report that ends up on someone's desk, to be lost under a pile of other pressing reports?
Creating effective change during a global pandemic*
Birmingham Children’s Trust is on an improvement journey, implementing new working practices and computer systems, embedding a change in culture and increasing levels of partnership working across the city – all of which is taking place in the middle of a global pandemic. Jenny Turnross, Director of Practice, explains how this has all been achieved and their ambitions for the future.
Forrester Predictions 2021: Four areas that the Public Sector should take notice of
Forrester is one of the leading global market research companies who provide advice on the existing and potential impact of technology to its clients and the public. Each year Forrester looks at the shape of the emerging world and predicts the trends that will define the year to come. In this blog, we look at Forrester’s predictions for 2021 and look at the top four elements that public sector bodies can take away from the report.
Four Welsh Councils select ECLIPSE for Education to transform children’s lives
Denbighshire County Council, Wrexham County Borough Council, Flintshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council have selected ECLIPSE for Education to support their Additional Learning Needs service.
The hidden cost of returning to school
Children will soon be heading back to the classroom. This is against a backdrop of exam controversy, six months away from teaching and months’ isolation. It will reveal a raft of changes in each child, ranging from anxiety to being behind in subject knowledge and what most are now worried about, abuse. With the return to school looming in the distance, teachers, social workers and healthcare professionals are bracing themselves for what could be found.
Highly Commended at the MJ Awards 2020
The country's first bi-borough partnership for SEND has been Highly Commended in the prestigious MJ Awards, under the category of innovation in Children's Services. It is a proud moment for all the parties involved and coincides with the one year anniversary of when the project was completed.
Social Care to receive additional money for staffing
A new £120 million fund has been announced for local authorities to boost staffing levels.
The additional funding has been allocated in response to the intense pressure currently being placed on providers due to the new COVID-19 variant. The new money has been made available on top of the already existing £149million grant system to support increased testing in care homes.
What can we expect from 2021?
Reset. If 2020 was the flashpoint, then 2021 will be the reset and 2022 will be the start of the new world. Restrictions will continue into the start of the Spring, before being eased in the Summer, and then re-introduced at the end of Autumn.
What we hope to see in 2021
- A roadmap out of the Coronavirus pandemic
- A positive conclusion to Brexit negotiations
- A focus on working cohesively
- A spotlight on technological adoption
- A shared goal to bring the nation together and place the most vulnerable first.
We are in this together.