Children’s Services - LGC Awards 2021
This award is open to a single council or where appropriate a partnership of councils, or a council-owned company. Private sector partners can enter on a council’s behalf, with the permission of the council itself. Entries may be either related to or unrelated to the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Children’s services are very much under pressure, and ever more so in the face of challenges facing families and services since early 2020 when Covid-19 hit, adding to the numbers of potentially vulnerable children. There is an imperative to protect vulnerable children, the importance of early intervention and the changing relationship with schools – all under an intense media and now social spotlight. This award is intended to recognise the success of those councils that adopt a genuinely strategic approach to this vital service area in the face of extraordinary challenges, potentially including the Covid response.
Submissions should focus on:
- The council’s approach to meeting the needs of:
- children who need help and protection, including early help
- children looked after, including adoption, fostering and the use of residential care
- young people leaving care or preparing to leave care
- The council’s approach to identifying and supporting new areas of need;
- The council’s main achievements (supported by evidence), with a particular focus on tangible improvements in the lives of children and young people;
- The steps you took to secure those achievements and the most important drivers of change;
- Any innovative approaches you have adopted, including in their relationship with schools.
Award entries will be judged on:
- The scale of the council’s ambition in this area and the extent to which it is being achieved;
- The extent to which you have adopted a strategic approach to children’s services, including early intervention;
- The quality of your relationship with schools, the health service and other key agencies;
- The impact of your service on the lives of children and young people.