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Article November 20th, 2019
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The Guardian: Radical plans aim to give power back to frontline social workers

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The @Guardian on @CPI_foundation's work with @FrontlineSW and @BuurtzorgBI to "revolutionise social work with children and families"

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Council and practice leaders have found “real appetite” for radical blueprint for children's #socialcare, @_Rose_Katie tells The @Guardian

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As reported in The @Guardian: children's social care workers could spend up to 60% more time with families by following new blueprint

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The Guardian: Radical plans aim to give power back to frontline social workers

A new system modelled on the Netherlands Buurtzorg approach could increase the time spent with families by 60%

Originally published in The Guardian.

Plans have been drawn up to revolutionise social work with children and families, giving the UK's frontline social workers autonomy to manage their own cases and freeing them from tiers of management and stifling bureaucracy. Time spent with clients could rise by as much as 60%, it is claimed, with average caseloads cut by a fifth - at no additional cost to the system.

The radical plans are modelled on the Buurtzorg approach to district nursing in the Netherlands and have been developed over the past seven months by work among a group of more than 80 people, including social workers, academics, parents and family rights activists.

The resulting 63-page, fully costed report, A Blueprint for Children's Social Care, is published today. The proposed model is expected to be piloted next year by a few English councils with the blessing of the Department for Education (DfE).


Katie Rose, a co-author of the blueprint and programme manager at the Centre for Public Impact, a thinktank founded by Boston Consulting Group, says some councils like Leeds, Hertfordshire and Hackney in east London have already “tinkered” with the existing social work model with positive results. But a more fundamental upheaval is needed, she believes.

Private presentations of the blueprint to council and practice leaders have found “real appetite” for the approach, she says, and the DfE is “really interested”.


Read the full article in The Guardian and the full Blueprint for Children's Social Care here.


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Katie Rose Director, Europe
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Bridget Nurre Jennions Former Global Director of Communications
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