Presentations from David Fairhurst (Mutual Ventures), Nick Whitfield (Chief Executive, Achieving for Children and Joint Director of Children's Services (Richmond & Kingston)) and Colin Hilton, Chair, Doncaster Children's Trust to National Children and Adult Services Conference 2014
Thursday 30th October, 9.00am

Achieving for Children is the first company of its kind - a social enterprise delivering an integrated suite of children's social care and education services. Whilst social enterprises are a well-established concept within the adult social care arena, Achieving for Children (AfC) breaks 'new ground' in Children's Services. This session provided delegates with the opportunity to engage with AfC and their Cabinet Office appointed advisors to explore how the organisation was created and the benefits that the company is already delivering.

Achieving for Children, wholly owned by Richmond and Kingston councils, commenced operations on 1 April 2014 with the transfer of over 800 staff across Prevention and Early Help, Children's Social Care, Education and Health Integration. This new delivery model will deliver multiple benefits to children, families and local communities. It will provide a unique professional environment, enabling greater professional freedoms, which will underpin highly responsive, locally integrated services.

The session also shared experience from Doncaster Children's Trust, the first external delivery model for children's services to be established by the Department of Education. Delegates were able to hear about the creation of the Trust and explore how this differs from other alternative delivery models such as Achieving for Children.

Within the context of the Department for Education's Innovation Programme and consultation on the delegation of children's social care functions, this session provided a unique opportunity to hear from two pioneering initiatives.