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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  • Thinking families - Commissioning preventative services in Thurrock (192 KB)

    Thurrock Council had very poor preventative services and the Children’s Trust realised that improving these services would improve outcomes for children and reduce pressure on other services by preventing children from developing more complex or acute needs. To address these shortcomings Thurrock Children's Trust allocated three million pounds over three years to commission early intervention and preventative services.

  • Turning the curve stories (846 KB)

    ‘Turning the Curve stories’ is a phrase used to describe case studies illustrating the different ways that Outcome-based Accountability has been planned and implemented. Calling them ‘stories’ is a way of emphasising the importance of plain, common language when bringing different agencies, professional disciplines and individuals together in partnership. It seeks to avoid the kind of jargon that would exclude service users and other local people from the process.

  • Co-located services toolkit: Visioning the idea for co-located services (46 KB)

    Visions and ideas for improving public services can come from a range of sources and motivators. To turn vision into reality it is crucial that people and organisations having an improved service vision also make themselves aware of local approval and commitment processes.

  • West Sussex Children's Trust - School of Social Work and Social Care and School of Education - Littlehampton Hub Evaluation (433 KB)

    An evaluation, commissioned in 2005, involving a team comprised of researchers based at the Sussex Institute in the University of Sussex; it's focus on The Littlehampton Hub. It's outlines include the establishment of the hub; results and findings; the services and support provided, and conclusions.

  • Next Practice in System Leadership – The West Wiltshire Federation (34 KB)

    The West Wiltshire Federation is a soft federation of eight secondary schools with specialist status serving a diverse, largely rural area in West Wiltshire. Links are currently being developed with a local EBD School. The West Wiltshire Federation works collaboratively to provide high quality education against a background of geographical distribution, relative rural deprivation and falling rolls.

  • Next Practice in System Leadership – Winsford Education Partnership (37 KB)

    Winsford has pockets of high deprivation and about 23% of Winsford children are educated in schools outside the town. The local authority has been undertaking a school rationalisation review (TLC) as well as a review of special educational needs provision across the Authority.

  • Working with the third sector (Plymouth) (38 KB)

    This case study shows how Plymouth succeeded in opening up its provider market to the Third Sector, by listening to feedback from the sector about the key barriers, changing the authority‘s procurement process to remove them, and building capacity within the sector. This led to a better understanding of local needs, increased participation of Third Sector groups, improved tender bids and more innovative, higher quality services for children and young people. Plymouth’s new approach to working with the Third Sector is now incorporated as a statement in their commissioning strategy.

  • Next Practice in System Leadership – The Yewlands Family of Schools (37 KB)

    Yewlands is a family of seven schools based in a challenging and mainly urban context on the northern edge of Sheffield. The schools have been working as an advanced collaborative for four years, which has involved them in sharing staffing, joint leadership appointments and cross-phase curriculum development projects.