Next steps for children’s services in England - funding, service redesign and the future for inspections

Location: London
Organiser: Westminster Education Forum

This timely seminar will assess the future for children’s services in England in light of continued reform of service models and concerns around resourcing raised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children.

Delegates will assess the next steps for addressing concerns around funding pressures in children’s social care, looking at the future for early intervention and best practice in commissioning, leadership and the use of data.

Those in attendance will also discuss progress so far and future policy priorities for the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, including lessons which can be learnt from successful projects and opportunities for producing long-term, sustainable changes.

Further sessions will assess the next steps for service redesign in children’s social care, following the proposal in the Conservative Party’s manifesto to continue to remove responsibility for children’s services from the weakest-performing local authorities. The future for devolution, collaboration and service integration in children’s services will also be discussed, as well as priorities for inspections in children’s services following Ofsted’s implementation of the Social Care Common Inspection Framework from April 2017. is an online service designed to support and encourage parents and carers of children aged 5-19, with a collection of videos addressing day-to-day questions and concerns spanning wellbeing, behaviour and learning.