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Catch up on our learning event: Fostering a one-system mindset and culture

Updated: Apr 24

Catch up on our learning event on Fostering a one-system mindset and culture held on Monday 26th June.

This learning event is the final in a series of four learning events organised as part of the project investigating the impact of delays in care proceedings on children’s services commissioned by the Department for Education. Click here to find out more about the project.

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The 2011 Family Justice Review stated ‘We found general agreement with our diagnosis: a system that is not a system, characterised by mutual distrust and a lack of leadership, by incoherence and without solid evidence-based knowledge about how it really works’. Twelve years on and some of those challenges are still in place. However, we have also seen examples of where the partners from across the system have successfully joined up to tackle delays in care proceedings. Is there a single answer for what good cross-sector cooperation looks like? How do you foster the right conditions for cooperation to thrive? How do all partners hold each other accountable, while sustaining strong professional relationships with each other? In this learning event, we explored examples of good practice in cross-system cooperation from across the country. We will learn about the approaches that different areas use to work together in more collaborative and innovative ways, and hear about what works (and what doesn't) when trying to build up new partnerships and cooperative working.

This was followed by a panel discussion on working culture and good practice, chaired by Clare Chamberlain, Executive Director of Children's Services, City of London, with guest speakers:

  • HHJ Christopher Simmonds, Bournemouth Combined Court

  • Lauren Kocan, Department for Education

  • Jacqui Frisby, Ministry of Justice

  • Rasheed Pendry, Deputy Director of Children's Services, Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

  • Helen Scourfield, Chair of the Teesside Local Family Justice Board

If you would like to discuss the project or this topic in more detail, please email


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