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Catch up on our webinar on regional approaches to children's services and Regional Care Cooperatives

Updated: Oct 27, 2022

Catch up on our webinar on regional approaches to tackling issues in children's services, in response to the Care Review's recommendations around the care placement market. This webinar was held on Thursday 8th September.

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The market for children’s care placements in England is broken: a shortage of homes, weak market oversight, exorbitant costs, and huge profits for private providers. To address these issues, the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care has called for the establishment of new ‘Regional Care Cooperatives’, separate local-authority-owned bodies with responsibility for the commissioning and running of children’s homes, and recruitment and training of foster carers

This webinar aims to help children’s services leaders think through the opportunities of regional working, and how they can respond to the call for action in the Care Review.

Key questions include:

  • What are the benefits of regional working?

  • What challenges are there from local authorities collaborating, and how can these be navigated?

  • What examples are there of what has worked well and what hasn’t?

  • What lessons can be learnt from the experience of Regional Adoption Agencies?

This webinar brings insight from establishing and running regional services, providing examples of what has been successful and the pitfalls to avoid. We will be joined by leaders from the sector who will discuss their own experience of regional collaboration:

  • Sarah Johal – National Adoption Strategic Lead

  • Mark Owers – Independent expert on children’s services and national reform.

  • Allan Madeley – Greater Manchester Children’s Sufficiency Lead

  • Emmet Regan – Mutual Ventures (Chair)

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