LankellyChase has launched the first thoroughgoing profile of severe and multiple disadvantage in England. It shouldn’t be news to many that people experiencing severe social harms such as homelessness, offending or drug misuse mostly face a much wider set of problems.
Julian Corner, Author at NewStart
My strongest grounds for hope in 2015 lie in the rigorous honesty that I found recently in Barrow-in-Furness. A team of child and adult health and social workers has been formed there to serve their most vulnerable families, calling itself Love Barrow Families.
While safer options may seem plausible, they risk more of the same. It is only by addressing where the power, control and accountability lies that we will get the transformation we seek.
Initial results from the world’s first Social Impact Bond (SIB) were announced last week. The landscape has changed radically since the SIB was first dreamt up, so that it gets cited as evidence for or against reforms that its creators could not have anticipated. The uses and abuses of its name have been legion and nearly all opportunistic. All of which obscures any attempt to judge the merits of the SIB on its own terms.
This is my model for public services: incredibly simple front end ideas behind which all of the complexity has been sorted out by customer-focused commissioners. If we could realise this ambition, then we might suddenly find that we don’t need stigmatising labels like ‘complex needs’ any more.