Improving practice and enabling change

Do you need help to interpret the Every Child Matters agenda in a way that is meaningful to your everyday practice? Do your policies and practice manuals need updating? Are you looking for ways to meet your continuous quality improvement objectives? Or do you need help in planning and managing a project? 

Strengthening Practice offers bespoke consulting on a range of topics including improving practice; enabling change; research projects; and updating and implementing policy and procedures. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

We will work with you to make sense of:

  • The National Assessment Framework
  • The Common Assessment Framework
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Research in Action
  • Linking key performance indicators to everyday outcomes for children

We offer the following range of strategic services:

  • Architectural road maps for further electronic social care records for children, ICS, contact point, 
  • common assessment and case management systems 
  • Planning workshops to prioritise and develop the next steps in continuing the implementation and improvement of case management systems and practice 
  • Briefing papers and workshops on the impact of the latest government developments, 
  • ICS implementation and practice issues 
  • Mapping pathways for locality working and multi-agency teams 
  • Change management for implementation projects 
  • Project management support including the development of project initiation documents and plans

We focus on practitioners working in partnership with children, young people and their families by:

  • Using a child-focused holistic framework
  • Identifying strengths and needs through evidence-based analysis
  • Developing solutions and strategies for change using care planning
  • Evaluating and providing evidence for the effectiveness of their interventions through service and user reviews
  • Encouraging practitioners to use their evidence to build up a picture of local needs that can be collated and fed into the commissioning process to effect long term change to services


Strengthening Practice offers the following range of research services. It is not intended to be exhaustive as social work research methodology can be applied to a range of different projects within the sector:

Evaluation of implementations of ICS, Common Assessment Framework or other case management systems to identify successes, learning opportunities and next steps
Literature searches on case management practice systems (such as ICS, family group conferencing, IT buddies, e-learning, housing for young people leaving care) to provide current information for strategic development of services
Surveys of staff and/or service users to test the success of different case management tools

“Jo Fox managed this major project at the interface of social work practice and ICT by ensuring that all our stakeholders were (and felt) appropriately consulted and could see their impact on the project.  These involved staff, senior managers, members and government.

Within the structure of a tightly managed plan, she delivered an initiative widely recognised as a national example of how to implement systems to both promote efficiency and improve practice.” 

Charles Proctor, County Manager, Performance, & Project Sponsor Integrated Children’s System, Cumbria County Council