Published: 26th Apr 2016

Devolution is now increasingly seen as one of the key means through which to tackle the complex challenges facing the health and social care sector, with around half of devolution deals including asks relating to devolved power over health and social care. Paradoxically, however, rather than empowering local authorities by devolving greater powers and resources around children’s services, recent reforms appear to be going in the opposite direction by advocating their removal from local authority control. For example, in the event of persistent failure, responsibility for children’s services will be removed from local councils in favour of other high-performing authorities, experts in child protection and charities. The idea is to create an academy-style system, whereby any local authorities judged as inadequate by Ofsted are taken over and transformed into ‘trusts’, like those in Doncaster or Slough. The reforms aim to respond to the complex challenges facing children’s services in England, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)