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Changing Children's Lives: assessing cost and demand for children's services


This Insight sets out the strategic context to the evolution of children’s services and outlines some of the key issues including policy, outcomes and leadership development.








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There is no doubting the dedication and commitment of those working in children’s services, but the challenges from rising demand and ever-tightening budgets means that teams must work together to improve outcomes. 

In a survey of CFOs carried out by CIPFA in summer 2017, children’s social care came out as the area of greatest concern, a position previously held by adult social care. CFOs also felt it was an area where efficiencies and improved outcomes could be achieved. Children’s services do not work in isolation and this Insight considers what a holistic approach to efficiencies and delivery could be and includes case studies and examples from Peopletoo.