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
We create environments where better outcomes for children and young people cost less.
Children in Need
Reduce your reliance on long-term CIN plans. Our highly experienced CIN social work team will take on statutory case management and follow a locally-tailored, sustainable and intensive home-based intervention programme. We’ll leave you with reduced CIN numbers and a legacy model to prevent drift and avoid future delay.Read More
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. So you can be confident your local authority is meeting its statutory responsibilities, whilst we give your staff the chance to bring their cases up-to-date and leave your service with manageable caseloads.Read More
Edge of Care
Reduce your edge of care costs and improve the life chances of vulnerable children and young people. Our solution brings statutory social work and multidisciplinary support together in a far more structured and focused way to deliver sustainable positive outcomes and huge cost-savings. Our aim is simple – to keep the young people we support safe and prevent them from being unnecessarily placed into care.Read More
Our managed service model is proven to increase the range of foster care provision available to meet the needs of children who would otherwise be placed within high-cost residential or external foster care placements. In return, you’ll save on your placement budget, increase your in-house foster service capacity and capabilities to secure better outcomes and reduce the number of placement moves for children and young people.Read More
Are you struggling to keep up with what is an impossible number of MASH referrals? Let us take the pressure off and help you develop a more robust, timely MASH. We’ll manage all contacts and referrals coming through your front-door and work with you to co-produce a new MASH model. One that secures timely outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families.Read More
Discharge of Care
Could addressing a much-overlooked area of discharge of care orders reduce LAC numbers and create direct cost-savings? By introducing a new model that promotes the timely discharge of care orders and the conversion of foster carers or kinship carers into Special Guardians, we can achieve measurable cost-savings. All whilst securing plans of permanence for children and young people.Read More
Do you have concerns about the length of time children are subject to child protection plans? If yes, how do you improve the timeliness of care proceedings and ensure that cases are front loaded? Holding case management for an agreed amount of time, we will dramatically increase the pace of action in progressing complex cases. We’ll also work with you to introduce proven sustainable longer-term solutions to reduce the risk of drift and delay.Read More
Children with Disabilities
In most cases, needs of those children and young people can be met within Early Help or outside of social care within the local authority’s existing offer. Proven to close up to 30% of cases to social services and step down a further 20%, Innovate CYPS’ 14-week Children with Disabilities (CWD) programme reduces costs whilst identifying new care pathways for children, young people and their families.Read More
Are you preparing for an Ofsted inspection and want to understand where your services are at in terms of practice quality and performance? Our team will review your case files and practice across the child’s pathway to give you a thorough understanding of the areas that most need your attention. As part of our knowledge-transfer, we also mentor your front-line managers on our auditing process for a 360 approach.Read More
- Children in Need
- Duty & Assessment
- Edge of Care
- High-Cost Placements
- Discharge of Care
- Children with Disabilities
- Service Auditing
We’re a dedicated team of highly-experienced social work practitioners, change-management directors and multi-disciplinary professionals.
“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 ServicesMeet the Team