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Date: 19.07.21 |Categories: Featured |Tags: , , , ,

It is possible to deliver better children’s services at better value for the public purse. Our webinar on 8th July examined partnerships to improve children’s services. The second of a series of webinars in support of our Procurement to Partnership Toolkit, it featured comprehensive descriptions of two partnerships which have already generated extensive benefits.

By way of introduction to the overall theme, Julian Blake of Stone King explained the Five Key Principles for Public Reform, before detailed presentations about two of the partnerships within the toolkit.

First, participants heard about the ground-breaking Children’s Innovation Partnership created by Leicestershire County Council and Barnardo’s. Liz Perfect, Barnardo’s Assistant Director Strategic Partnerships, talked us through the problem, the solution, the questions to ask, the reality, the journey she and they went on, and the key learning to take from the experience.

Then, Mark Macmillan, Director of Corporate Services at Kibble, a child and youth care charity and social enterprise that supports at-risk children and young people across the UK, led us through its recent partnership with top-flight, premier division, football club St. Mirren. This collaboration is bringing employability, education and training opportunities to young people at Kibble, alongside significant community benefits.

Whether you missed out on this informative and thought-provoking content on the day, or did see it and would like the opportunity to watch again, the event recording has been added to the toolkit here.

In it, you’ll also see what our expert panel made of what they’d heard and how they answered delegates’ questions, as our existing speakers were joined by Kathy Evans, Chief Executive of Children England, and Councillor Cordelia Law, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Torbay Council.

For them, the words that shone through the case studies were trust, relationship and belonging. The key learning they took away is that councils should reach out into their communities and start to build relationships, as well as remembering that social enterprises and charities are easy to trust!

We are grateful to our E3M partners, Buzzacott, Stone King, The Change Coefficient and Zurich Municipal, for their support with developing the toolkit, and to Stone King’s Events Team for managing the webinar.

The toolkit is a dynamic resource, so please do get involved: send us your questions, join our community. We look forward to hearing from you!