Services for disabled children

Services for children with special educational needs and disabilities are increasingly facing an uncertain future. In the process of responding to the significant changes necessary as a result of the new Children and Families Act, it is as yet unclear what further budget reductions these services can expect under the new government. Strong partner integration is increasingly necessary to maximise available resources and often divergent user and carer views and expectations have to be reconciled with realistic provision.

Within this context, we can support you to identify and analyse the options for service delivery best suited to your clients’ needs and your available resources. We are experienced in working with local authorities and voluntary organisations to capture the voices of service users and partner organisations, deliver options appraisals and, ultimately, help you decide the appropriate direction. We are skilled in developing implementation plans in partnership with our clients, so that you are left with a clear route map to follow.

Dennis Vergne  07980 541990

We have a great deal of experience within children's services. We have worked with councils across the country including Wakefield, Devon and Cambridgeshire on projects spanning early intervention, safeguarding, fostering and adoption and developing new models of delivery, as well as with the Department for Education (DfE).

Our work in this field is led by Dennis Vergne, one of our founding partner, and a recognised organisational change expert with a passion for enabling transformational change that sticks, turning ideas into effective practice and behaviours.

Cabinet Office – Delivering Differently for Children’s Disability Service (Nottinghamshire County Council)

Using funding from the Cabinet Office, Nottinghamshire decided that they wanted to create a more customer focused and user driven service that was more responsive to the changing needs and demands of both customers and stakeholders. The aim of the project was to support Notts to reconfigure its service offer and be creative in how and who should deliver and commission future services to achieve the best possible outcomes for disabled children.

As part of this remit, we explored with them new business models for delivering its children’s disability service, using input from service users and key partners, as well as views from inside the service. Using this data and our own experience of ‘what works’, we delivered a long-list of options, along with pros and cons to each, tailored to the authority’s specific needs.

We then facilitated a visioning workshop to identify realistic aspirations, potential, and scope for efficiency for the service, and create a compelling set of short-list options for stakeholders and partners. This shortlist then underwent a further iteration of analysis, including a financial assessment, before a preferred option was selected by the authority, around which we then created a detailed implementation plan.

As a result of our work, the authority said they had been able to clarify their future plans, gain a deeper insight into families' wishes and scope out what they need to do to modernise the service.