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Government announces plans to extend successful children’s social care initiatives to more councils.

Children’s minister, Nadhim Zahawi, has announced plans to extend Department for Education innovation projects to more Councils over the next 12 months.

Speaking at the National Children and Adult Services Conference, Mr Zahawi said ‘We have invested around £200m in the Innovation Programme since 2013 so that local authorities can develop, test and scale new approaches to supporting vulnerable children in the social care system. And we are beginning to see this pay off’.

We are now in a position to say with clarity what the main features of effective practice are. These are articulated in the framework we have published that outlines seven features of good practice and seven outcomes of success.’

He continued ‘I am determined to move at pace and to continue to spread what works, so I will be supporting other LAs to adopt and adapt a number of the best evidenced and most effective innovation projects over the next year.’

He also announced that agreement on data sharing has been reached after discussions with the ADCS and the launch of the bidding round for the Early Outcomes Fund which aims to support a leadership focus on early language.

The full speech can be found here