Local Authority Children's Services - Community of Change 

In Control's Children's Community of Change programme started in 2007. Over the past ten years we have worked with over 80 children's services and have members from across local authorities, health services and provider services. The Community of Change Programme provides the support and expertise you need to meet the challenges of implementing personalisation across children's services.


Our members are all at very different stages of implementing self-directed support and extending personalisation for children, young people and their families. Together we form a vibrant network of children's services committed to developing and sharing practice in order to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.


Our team works with members, wherever they are on the journey, to extend personalisation and give children, young people and their families more choice and control in their lives.

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Annual membership gives the following benefits:

  • Access to our national resources.
  • Bespoke one-to-one organisational tailored support.
  • Access to online material and advice.
  • Knowledge exchange and events that are relevant to your area of work.
  • Peer support through the Community of Change.
  • The most up-to-date information about issues affecting the sector and opportunity to influence national and local policy.

What does it look like practically?

  • Individual days of bespoke support tailored to meet your organisational challenges using a range of methods, including POET and relevant performance assessment techniques. (Up to four days.)
  • Community of Change residential workshops, offering two places at each for your organisation.
  • Access to tools and resources to support you.
  • A named support person who can support you and/or access support from our network of associates and team members.
  • Regular updates relevant to your area of work, supported by webinars for all members covering a range of topics from age specific support to family and people leadership.
  • Access to the whole active and supportive community of like-minded organisations and people, email and phone support, sharing of good practice and community problem solving.
  • Opportunity to get involved in national and local developments including Me My Family My Home, embedding and using the 'Whole Life POET', and person-centred integration.
  • Additional bespoke support when needed at member discounted rates.
  • Additional places for the residential workshops, member discounted rates.

Our Children's Community of Change Programme is bespoke. We have a team of expert advisers, which includes parents and carers with a range of different backgrounds. Our advisers deliver training and workshops, attend meetings and act as 'critical friends.'


Bespoke work

The support that can be offered by In Control is flexible, examples of our bespoke support include work to:

  •  Resource Allocation System (RAS) support for developing personal budgets.
  •  Developing locally the ‘Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool’ (POET) that has developed national and featured in providing evidence of feedback for SEND OFSTED Inspections.
  • Individual Support Funds (ISFs) strategy and development.
  • Community Fund Holdings
  • Awareness days.
  • Basic training – Context, legislation, Personal Budgets , Personal Health Budgets, person centred planning, values, asset based working, change management, inclusion/community etc.
  • Diagnosis days/critical evaluation to support local partners to develop their offer.
  • Engaging parents & young people/co production/planning and consulting.
  • Culture change/leadership programmes (overview day sessions or added bespoke work.
  • Dispute resolution/mediation and mentoring
  • Local work building on the In Control national project, 'Me, My Family, My Home, My Friends, and My Life'. Recent examples have included overview or bespoke work focusing on preventing young people having to be supported out of authority or to support a return to their home authority.
  • System support - pathway assessment through to development pathways/policies, reviews and reports.
  • Supporting local partners to develop Education, Health and Care plans through to Personal Budgets and Personal Health Budgets.
  • Facilitated links and service level agreement’s between health, social and education.
  • Empower children, young people and families to be at the centre of the development of self-directed support.
  • Supporting children and young people with very complex support needs and/or complicated home lives to live with loved ones and remain within their home communities wherever possible and appropriate.
  • Support transition between children and adult services.

How much does Community of Change cost?

Annual membership cost:  £5,500 + VAT pa.

Members are able to purchase further bespoke days or places at our national events at discounted rates.


If you would like to have an informal chat about how our Children's Community of Change programme could help you, please get in touch contact Admin@in-control.org.uk or call 01564 82 1650


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