Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme: Interim Learning Report

Written by Spring ConsortiumDate 10 Feb 2016

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, led by the Department for Education and delivered by the Spring Consortium, is intended to find and fund new approaches to transforming outcomes for children and young people.

Launched in 2014, the £110 million programme supports 53 projects across England to work over a period of two years to stimulate, incubate and scale innovation across the sector.

The Programme has three key objectives:

  1. Increase the life chances of children who receive help from the social care system.
  2. Create stronger incentives and mechanisms for innovation, experimentation and the replication of successful new approaches.
  3. Achieve better value for money across children’s social care.

A new interim report has been published looking at early evidence of what is being seen from the projects on the programme transforming the way that social care is provided. It is intended for leaders, managers and practitioners working in children’s social care. It draws on the experience of the 53 projects at the midpoint of the programme, with teams having begun to implement their innovation projects. Its focus is the operational insights emerging from the Programme; the projects’ analysis of the change needed to dramatically improve outcomes for children and young people; and the structural, practical and cultural changes that are enabling innovation to embed, flourish and scale.