Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Herefordshire’s response to increased incidence of Early Years Children with SEND - SEND Early Years and Inclusion

In Herefordshire we knew that we had rising numbers of EY children with SEND. Our ambition was to have an Early Years SEND service that encompasses a holistic approach to the early identification, support of, provision for and placement of Early Years children with SEND.

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London Borough of Bexley: Using Tiny Happy People to support the home learning environment

Parents are children’s first teachers, but we know that many parents need support in this really important role if their child is to reach their full potential. The London Borough of Bexley are using the BBC’s Tiny Happy People (THP) resources universally across the Local Authority and with partners to share key messages and learning opportunities.

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Wiltshire Council: partnership T Level placements

Wiltshire Council hosted Health T Level industry placements in partnership with the Integrated Care Board to highlight the career opportunities available in social care.

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London Borough of Barnet: Developing a specialist team and tailored support services to best meet the needs of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children

Barnet has increasing numbers of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) moving into their area, all needing tailored support from social, welfare and educational services up to the age of 25. Based on experience, the council is developing a specialist team particularly skilled and experienced to work with UASC. This team has identified gaps in UASC support locally, such as educational engagement and access to finances, and has taken steps to address these.

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Suffolk County Council: Managing a UASC population that is changing and growing

Suffolk is receiving increasing numbers of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) with a diverse range of needs. To meet the resulting challenges, the council has developed a large dedicated UASC and care leaving team with specialist knowledge and experience.

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Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole: Working with partners to provide a holistic package of support for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC)

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council has built on links with partner organisations in the community to be able to offer a more holistic package of support to Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) moving into their area. This includes providing essentials to children and young people as they arrive, through to suitable accommodation as well as providing ongoing community support networks.

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London Borough of Sutton: Developing person-centred support for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children and young people

As the number and regularity of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) arriving in Sutton increases, the council have reviewed how best to support these young people in their community. The authority have looked at how the same high standards of support their social care team provides to all children and young people can be tailored to meet the particular needs of UASC.

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Stockport Council: Taking a strategic approach to supporting increasing numbers of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children

Stockport proactively and strategically responded to the introduction of the mandatory National Transfer Scheme (NTS) in July 2022 in readiness to meet the demands of caring for increasing numbers of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC). Stockport have worked in partnership to redesign their processes, including efficiently managing referrals, finding placements swiftly, and upskilling their teams.

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Portsmouth City Council: Helping unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people on their education journey

Under the umbrella of their City of Sanctuary work, Portsmouth City Council are providing broader outreach and support for their Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children. This is known as the 'starting out' programme.

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Durham’s strong early help offer; rebalancing the system

Durham has developed a strong early help and prevention offer. This approach has supported in rebalancing the system, taking pressure out of the social care system with impact being seen sustained outcomes for children and their families and in lower numbers of child in need.

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