Regional working is here to stay

John Copps says regional working in children’s services can no longer be something that can be seen as a side show and local authorities need to engage now or risk getting left behind.

When the Independent Review of Children's Social Care was published it was heralded as a ‘once in a generation' chance to fix children's social care.

One of its most headline-grabbing recommendations was its proposal for Regional Care Cooperatives (RCCs), new services that would take responsibility for commissioning fostering, residential and secure care placements on a pan-local authority footprint. RCCs was the clearest expression of a wider inclination towards regional working expressed by the review.

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