Social Work
COVID Capacity Solutions

Please call Emma Blakemore 07970211716 or
James Rook 07814498215 for more information.

Innovate Services, high-cost placements, children & young people with complex needs, in-house foster care

COVID pressures

Are your Children’s Services struggling to cope with the added pressures of COVID? Or perhaps you are already dealing with an impossible backlog of referrals? Innovate Services can help you.

Our social work services trusted by local authorities across the country, will take the pressure off your teams and help safeguard children and young people.

“Coming in at a time of crisis is never easy but Innovate understood the financial and managerial complexities of our situation. If it hadn’t been for their support in managing cases, we wouldn’t have coped.”

Greta Ulfors, Strategic Manager DAAT, Northamptonshire County Council

Our solution will give you and your team:

  • Instant capacity. We are on standby to rapidly deploy teams anywhere in the UK
  • A social work-led managed solution. Working to agreed KPIs, our Social Work Directors oversee all our social worker activity, with tracked performance.
  • Safely recruited experienced qualified social workers (all 4yrs+) who have worked together before
  • The opportunity to maximise budgets with fixed-term costs per delivery channel and invest to save options

“Being supported by Innovate, we now know what ‘Good’ looks like. We’re closely monitoring the quality of case management and where changes need to be made.”

Paula Jemson, Quality Assurance Manager, Middlesbrough Council

Our Services

We create environments where better outcomes for children and young people cost less.

Children in Need

Do you need support in progressing your current child in need cases?

Innovate CYPS’ 14-week Children in Need (CIN) programme significantly reduces the long-term reliance on CIN plans, eliminates drift and identifies those children at risk, earlier.

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Duty & Assessment

Are you looking for more capacity within your duty and assessment team to clear a backlog of cases?

Or do you reprieve to look at a service restructure? We can help by managing cases coming in for referral and assessment.

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Edge of Care

Do you need support to reduce your Edge of Care costs and breaking the cycle of care?

Our award-winning solution brings statutory social work and multidisciplinary support together to deliver sustainable positive outcomes and huge cost-savings.

Break the cycle with Innovate
High-Cost Placements

Do you need support to secure better outcomes for children with complex needs?

We can support you in providing a sustainable alternative by managing cases to identify suitable stable placements or by taking children and young people through our residential Innovate Therapeutic Care programme.

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Is your MASH service struggling to keep a pace with the number
of referrals?

Let us take the pressure off and help you develop a more robust, timely MASH.

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Discharge of Care

Do you have a high number of children at home on care orders that you need support in reducing?

Innovate can support you by reducing your children-looked-after (CLA) numbers and create direct cost-savings.

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Do you need additional support due to further requirements around capacity to manage your most complex cases?

We provide extra capacity to handle incoming cases and/or to work those that may have drifted, and introduce proven sustainable longer-term solutions to reduce the risk of drift and delay.

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Children with Disabilities

Do you need support to manage your current cohort of children with disabilities?

Innovate CYPS’ 14-week Children with Disabilities programme reduces costs whilst identifying new care pathways for children, young people and their families.

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Service Auditing

How confident are you that you know the quality of your service?

In complex children’s social work environments, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact causes of under-performance. Whether you’re preparing for Ofsted or are on an improvement journey, knowing what ‘Good’ looks like is important.

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  • Children in Need
  • Duty & Assessment
  • Edge of Care
  • High-Cost Placements
  • MASH
  • Discharge of Care
  • Safeguarding
  • Children with Disabilities
  • Service Auditing

Our people

We’re a dedicated team of highly-experienced social work practitioners, change-management directors and multi-disciplinary professionals.

Innovate Services team, children's social work, SEND and inclusion services, Emma Blakemore, Phil Stock, Sir Martin Narey

Emma Blakemore

“We all share the same vision at Innovate Services. To ensure the child is at the centre of everything we do in creating and maintaining sustainable children’s services.”

Emma Blakemore NNEB, DIPSW, PQSW,

CEO – Innovate Services

Meet the Team