Best Practice

Child vulnerability evaluated

By Deven Ghelani | November 26, 2020

Deven Ghelani looks at what more can be done to stop children from falling into crisis, and examines how data can be used to secure better outcomes for the most vulnerable.

  • Made in Dagenham

    By Graeme Cooke | November 16, 2020

    Graeme Cooke explains how Barking and Dagenham LBC turned a derelict industrial site in East London into the future home of London’s biggest film and TV studios.

  • Strengthening our successful model will take more resources

    By Claire Ramwell | November 10, 2020

    Blackburn with Darwen Council has set up a local enhanced contact tracing service. Claire Ramwell says ‘hard work by our enthusiastic, skilled contact tracing team has demonstrated success’.

  • Intelligence, tested

    By Peter Baeck | November 11, 2020

    Peter Baeck says an enhanced understanding of how to make the most of collective intelligence will ensure public institutions are better placed to respond to the pandemic – and prepare for any others that follow.

  • A step forwards for children in Sandwell

    By Lesley Hagger | October 26, 2020

    The STEPS school-like setting has transformed the lives of children newly arrived in the UK. Lesley Hagger says Sandwell MBC won the Innovation in Children’s Services category of The MJ Achievement Awards 2020 'due to the hard work of our staff'.


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