children's services

Paper that forms part of Nesta’s ongoing work to explore the potential of greater preventative investment across different areas of our public services, from children’s services, social care, health, criminal justice, and beyond.

Chapter 8 of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2010 requires that a Local Safeguarding Children Board should always conduct a Serious Case Review when a child dies and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death.

The circumstances of the death of Child F were considered consistent with this criterion and a Serious Case Review was commissioned on 16 April 2010 by the Hull Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB).

The Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) model has been used as a way of structuring planning to improve outcomes for whole populations and for improving services. The OBA approach focuses on outcomes that are desired and monitoring and evidencing progress towards those desired outcomes. NFER was commissioned by Local Government Association Analysis and Research (LGAAR), on behalf of Local Government Improvement and Development, to identify the impact of the OBA approach on LA practice in Children's Services through nine case studies (18 interviews with strategic and operational staff).