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Sharing knowledge of innovative approaches to children’s social care

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme was launched by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2014 to improve outcomes for children in need of help from the social care system. It is supporting innovative ideas to flourish and enabling policy and practice to be driven by evidence and best practice.

Alongside the Innovation Programme, DfE is working with some of the best leaders and practitioners in children’s social care through the Partners in Practice programme. This programme aims to support wider improvement across the children’s social care system through understanding and sharing what works in improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.

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