The North West Sector Led Improvement Team and the 23 Local Authorities in the North West region work together to improve outcomes for children and young people through a sector-led approach.
All 23 Local Authorities have each signed a tailored Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the North West Children’s Sector-Led Improvement Programme.
The MoU sets out the agreed areas and activities in which the Regional Innovation & Improvement Alliance will work together to support Sector Led Improvement with the shared aims of:
- Securing a journey of continuous improvement to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people
- Building on existing capability in Children’s Services, corporately and with partners, to identify good practice, diagnose improvement challenges and identify risks to performance.
- Systematically sharing knowledge about what works across the sector and ensuring that there is effective brokerage of good practice solutions.
The core Children’s Sector Led Improvement Team support and co-ordinate the activities defined in the Memorandum.
The Children’s Sufficiency Programme exists in order to support the region’s internal and external children’s social care provision. The principal aim is to improve outcomes for children and young people and provide value for money through a regional approach to commissioning and managing placements.
Key objectives for the programme include:
- Improved placement choice and routes to market for North West local authorities.
- Improved quality and value for money in placements across the region.
- Co-ordinated monitoring standards for provision leading to services that better meet the needs of young people.
- Enabling sector led improvement in relation to social care commissioning, placement finding and market development to ensure that local authorities have teams who are confident and knowledgeable to enable them to develop and manage a range of placements that are good quality and value for money.
- Promoting a detailed understanding of current market spend and activity to inform future commissioning.