‘Exceptional’ overhaul of child safeguarding services

An evaluation report into a family safeguarding hub in Hertfordshire has praised the scheme, revealing that it saved £2.6 million and cut the number of children in care or on child protection plans. Hertfordshire council was awarded £4.8 million from the Department for Education to introduce ‘Family Safeguarding Hertfordshire’ – a whole-system reform of children’s services that aimed to improve outcomes for children and parents. The independent evaluation found that the “depth and breadth of the organisational changes put in place… have been exceptional” and that there are lessons that could be taken on board at a national level.

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