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DfE to encourage children’s social care providers to ‘take risks’

A document published to coincide with a series of announcements by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan last week on government plans for the future of social work reveals that there is a desire for greater levels of innovation within the sector.

"There have always been bold local leaders willing to do things differently – for example in North Yorkshire, where a radical new approach to supporting adolescents in care has been developed," the document, states.

"But we see far less genuine innovation in children’s social care than in comparable services, with most areas feeling unable to take measured risks in the interests of children for fear of falling foul of prescribed approaches. This must change."

The document states that the government has made a strong start towards instigating change through its £100m Children's Social Care Innovation programme – but adds that it is necessary to go further and “drive a fundamental cultural shift”.