• John Copps

Learning from the Family Valued approach to children's services in Darlington

Mutual Ventures welcomes the publication of a series of resources outlining lessons from the implementation of Family Valued in Darlington and showcasing its impact so far.


Family Valued is an approach to transforming children's services developed by Leeds City Council. It now forms one of the three innovations funded as part of the Department for Education's (DfE) Strengthening Families, Protecting Children (SFPC) Programme.


Darlington Borough Council (DBC) was a ‘trailblazer’ on the Programme and began working with Leeds City Council in 2019. In a new series of written and video resources, developed by Mutual Ventures, DBC has shared its experience of implementing Family Valued, its impact on social work practice, and what this has meant for children and families.


Report: Lessons from the implementation of Family Valued in Darlington


Read about the practical implementation of Family Valued, including how the change was managed, how DBC won ‘hearts and minds’ and the pitfalls of the process - click here.


Videos: Hear from practitioners in Darlington

View all videos in the series here


About Strengthening Families, Protecting Children (SFPC)


SFPC is a five-year programme set up by the DfE to support local authorities improve their work with children and families. The aim of the programme is to enable more children to stay at home in stable family environments so that fewer need to be taken in to care.


For more information and resources relating to the SFPC Programme click here.