Case studies

Case studies are drawn from across different Children’s Trusts to provide you with practical examples of how effective commissioning benefits children. The case studies reflect current good practice based on real situations and cover different service areas, geographical areas, levels of commissioning and types of problem.

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Baby smiling Schools                           Nurses Child Health


Children at home CAMHS                             14-19


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All case studies:


  • Joint Procurement or procuring jointly (133 KB)

    a 4ps Project Information Briefing and Guidance featuring the London Boroughs of Enfield and Newham Collaborative PFI Schools Project and Newcastle City and North Tyneside Borough Councils’ Joint PFI Street Lighting Project.

  • Joint planning and commissioning - Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping (South Tyneside) (33 KB)

    The case study shows how South Tyneside used the GIS-based Community Information System to inform the development of the Children and Young People’s Plan, the local area agreement (LAA) priorities and identify where Neighbourhood Renewal Funding (NRF) should be focused.

  • Evaluation Form Responses to the School Mosaic Profiles (54 KB)

    This document is associated with Kent's case study evaluating the use of postcode (Mosaic) profiles to commission schools places and services. The document summarises evaluation responses to the population profiles for the 27 schools that responded.

  • Preparing the Ground for Building Schools for the Future (BSF) and for the Primary Capital Programme (PCP) (30 KB)

    Step by step guide to integrating BSF and PCP. This accompanies the Kingston case study and comprises two documents that the authority used when developing the Primary Capital Programme (PCP) and Building Schools for the Future (BSF).

  • Working in Partnership to Improve Service Quality - Kingswood Foundation (120 KB)

    Developing a provider consortium. Relationship building and voluntary sector consortium delivery. Successful commissioning and bidding for Young Persons (YP) early intervention and prevention services. Working in partnership to improve service availability and quality of YP services.

  • Next Practice in System Leadership – System Governance in Knowsley. (36 KB)

    Knowsley Local Authority in the north west of England is engaged in a long-term transformational programme of all its children’s services, including education. Knowsley is the third most deprived borough in the country and has a history of innovation to offset the challenging circumstances it faces.

  • Building School Partnerships for the Future in Lewisham - Summary Report (236 KB)

    This document is associated with the Lewisham pathfinder case study of the same name. The report outlines the methodology used in the consultation conducted by consultants for Lewisham; describes the education context in the borough; presents the key consultation findings; and summarises the key sources covered in the literature review.

  • Co-located services toolkit: Likely challenges and features of success for co-located service provision (78 KB)

    Existing providers of co-located services have identified a number of key characteristic features which they believe will make success more likely when considering, procuring and delivering a co-located services model. The toolkit analyses in detail what these features might potentially be.

  • Co-located Services Toolkit: Mainstreaming and embedding co-located services in local structure (74 KB)

    Successful co-location will improve both the quality and efficiency of the services provided to local citizens. Embedding co-location of services across an area and across a range of delivery organisations will transform the way service providers and citizens engage with each other

  • Making Links (104 KB)

    This 2009 briefing paper published by ‘KIDS’ describes the findings from a pathfinder programme linking the Play Strategy and Aiming High for Disabled Children Programmes, and highlights successful work undertaken by four Children’s Trust areas who have pooled their short breaks and play pathfinder funding to increase opportunities for inclusive play.

  • Co-located Services Toolkit: Managing stakeholders and encouraging community involvement (40 KB)

    This section deals with the day to day issues involved in directly managing stakeholders and encouraging community involvement where services are delivered and used from co-located services sites. These experiences will also help inform the more strategic plans discussed in the document “Developing the Strategic Partnership” elsewhere in this toolkit.