The potential for developing the capacity and diversity of children's social care services in England: independent research report

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Department for Education
Date of publication
1 December 2016
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This report considers the potential for developing the capacity and diversity of provision of children’s social care services in England.

The economic and policy context of the report can be summarised as:

  • Growth in demand for public services generally, including children’s social care.
  • Austerity and pressures on public funding which will continue for the foreseeable future, creating an imperative for better performance within constrained funding envelopes.
  • A concern that there is insufficient progress on improving outcomes for vulnerable children receiving social care and more should be done to accelerate this.

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