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Continuing to deliver Family Safeguarding in challenging times

Strengthening Families Programme Coach Alissa Davies shares insights gathered via an online survey of local authority teams who have previously adopted Hertfordshire County Council’s Family Safeguarding model. COVID has presented a significant challenge to social work. Practice is changing to address the challenge of keeping children safe and helping families make the changes they need…

Levelling Up – get in touch with us for an early conversation

The chancellor’s new £4bn Levelling Up fund provides reason for public service leaders to think long term. If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything it’s that a well-developed community support system with integrated public services and community hubs are critical for both the well-being and the prosperity of an area. The government is due…

Five trends to watch out for in public services in 2021

After a year of unprecedented challenges, Mutual Ventures’ Agata Miśkowiec and John Copps look at what’s in store for public services in 2021. The past 12 months have, to say the least, been extremely turbulent. The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down, the UK has suffered a record fall in GDP and Brexit…

Can the Levelling Up Fund help reset councils’ relationship with Whitehall?

With relations between central and local government fraught, Emmet Regan asks whether the Levelling Up Fund provides an opportunity to hit the reset button in 2021. A version of this article was originally published in the MJ on 15th December 2020. The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s recent announcement of a £4bn Levelling Up Fund stated…

MV welcomes publication of the first issue of the Strengthening Families journal

Mutual Ventures is excited to present the first issue of the Strengthening Families Journal – a publication dedicated to diffusing learning from the Strengthening Families Protecting Children (SFPC) Programme. SFPC is a five-year Department for Education (DfE) programme to support local authorities to improve their work with families and safely reduce the number of children…

The success of local authority companies relies on effective governance

Council-owned companies have a valuable role in local government but clarity over their purpose and governance is vital argues MV’s John Copps. A version of this article was originally published in the MJ on 1st December 2020. Local authority companies have hit the headlines this month thanks to two high profile failures. Croydon’s dealings with…

COVID-19 highlights the importance of community ‘bridges’

MV’s Andrew’s Laird and Chris Wright, chief executive of Catch22, argues that community bridge organisations are a vital part of supporting local areas to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. A version of this article was originally published in the MJ on 19th November 2020. The COVID-19 crisis has shone a light on local public services…

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