Systemic conditions for innovation in children's social care

SEBBA Judy, et al
Great Britain. Department for Education, University of Oxford. Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education
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Drawing from the evaluation of the first phase of the Department for Education's (DfE’s) Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, this report presents the key messages about the conditions in the children’s social care system that support or limit innovation that leads to improvement. It considers the meaning of innovation and identifies what helped and also limited the 57 innovation projects to progress effectively. Analysis of the evaluations suggests that the following factors support innovations: clear objectives agreed across the service, strong leaders who create the capacity to innovate, relationship-centred ways of working, multi-professional work which give staff the opportunity to learn from each other, and using the existing evidence base and ongoing data collection to inform decisions. Barriers to innovation included staff turnover and competing pressures. The report also makes recommendations for future innovation and practice. (Edited publisher abstract)

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childrens social care, change management, service development, good practice, systems approach, leadership, interprofessional relations, child protection, safeguarding children;
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Children's Social Care Innovation Programme thematic report
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