Strategic Partnerships

There are numerous challenges facing local authorities and commissioners today, and we know that these are unlikely to change in the near future. Whether it be funding, outcomes, resources or other areas Barnardo’s believes that we can combine and bring our shared experiences and resources together to enable better outcomes for more Children.

Strategic Partnerships

There are numerous challenges facing local authorities and commissioners today, and we know that these are unlikely to change in the near future. Whether it be funding, outcomes, resources or other areas Barnardo’s believes that we can combine and bring our shared experiences and resources together to enable better outcomes for more Children.

Our partnership with Norfolk County Council

In 2016 Barnardo’s and Norfolk County Council Children’s Services agreed to develop a strategic partnership. This partnership has enabled external input and advice, with Barnardos as a trusted adviser. The focus of the partnership has been to assist Norfolk in realising their ambition to transform Children Services, moving them from a current rating of Inadequate to Good (Ofsted), with a clear understanding on the speed of future changes.

With a joint governance board in partnership with Norfolk, Barnardo’s and key stakeholders from within the county; together we have developed clear and specific work streams to assist Norfolk to better identify, respond and improve the systems, practice and governance within Children’s Services.

Our partnership with Newport City Council

In 2014 Barnardo’s partnered with Newport City Council in Wales to develop a new integrated family support service.

The service had the overall mission of reducing cost to the local authority via integration and re-imagining the whole system for children, young people and families.

Since its inception, the service led and managed by Barnardo’s and working in partnership with Newport has exceeded all targets originally set, and has saved costs by effectively engaging with vulnerable young people and families at the right time and the right place, ultimately reducing the number coming into the care system.

This journey has led to the development of an evidenced based, preventative and cost effective family support service – One of the most impressive overall models to be evaluated by IPC to date
Relevant strategic partnerships links:

Newport Evaluation report (PDF - 156Kb)

Read the full evaluation of the integrated family support service with Newport Council

Newport partnership video

Watch the video summerising our strategic partnership with Newport Council