Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for children’s services in England - funding, service redesign and the future for inspections

Morning, Thursday, 16th November 2017

Central London


This timely seminar will assess the future for children’s services in England in light of continued reform of service models and concerns around resourcing raised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children.

Delegates will assess the next steps for addressing concerns around funding pressures in children’s social care, looking at the future for early intervention and best practice in commissioning, leadership and the use of data. Those in attendance will also discuss progress so far and future policy priorities for the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, including lessons which can be learnt from successful projects and opportunities for producing long-term, sustainable changes.

Further sessions will assess the next steps for service redesign in children’s social care, following the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to continue to remove responsibility for children’s services from the weakest-performing local authorities and the announcement that the Government is developing an improvement system for local authority children’s services.

The future for collaboration and service integration in children’s services will also be discussed, as well as priorities for inspections ahead of the implementation of a new inspection framework for local authority children’s services from January 2018.

Guest of Honour

Lisa Pascoe

Deputy Director, Social Care Policy, Ofsted

Guest of Honour

Lisa Pascoe

Deputy Director, Social Care Policy, Ofsted

Keynote Speaker

Dr Jo Finch

Reader in Social Work and Deputy Director, Centre for Social Work Research, University of East London


Rt Rev the Lord Bishop of Durham

Lord Ramsbotham


Lucy Butler

Director of Children’s Services, Oxfordshire County Council

Maria Godfrey

Early Intervention Manager, Oxfordshire County Council

Rob Mack

Children, Families & Young People Service Manager, Compass Service, Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Nicholas Yeates

Consultant Psychologist, Child, Family and Young Peoples' Mental Health Service, Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Tom Symons

Principal Researcher, Nesta

Enver Solomon

Director of External Affairs, National Children’s Bureau

Pamela Dow

Chief Reform Officer, Catch 22

Peter Hay

former Strategic Director for People, Birmingham City Council

Miranda Gittos

Head of Assessment and MASH, Westminster City Council

Wajid Shafiq

Chief Executive Officer, Xantura

Paul Moffat

Chief Executive, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust

Senior speaker confirmed from Compass Project

Abbie Rumbold

Partner and Head of Public Services & Mutuals and Health & Social Care, Bates Wells Braithwaite