Residential Care Leadership Board, Work Programme 2019

The RCLB work programme focuses on the following objectives throughout 2019:

  • Develop a vision for the future of secure care, working with the sector to develop new models for  secure provision,  supporting  the  development  of  joint  commissioning  arrangements  for secure children’s homes placements and monitoring the development of secure schools.
  • Provide seed funding for testing new commissioning ideas in open residential children’s homes, with a focus on partnership models with providers and Local Authorities working together rather than the technical aspects of commissioning.
  • Support the DfE in gathering data and qualitative information on the reasons for and scale of placements in unregulated settings.
  • Engage with residential providers, with a specific focus on the largest providers, and consider how we can develop stronger relationships with them to support innovation in the sector.

Sir Alan Wood CBE, Board Chair

  • Advise DfE on options for central government oversight to make sure the market is sufficiently resourced and providing good services and value for money for local authorities
  • Oversight and  scrutiny  via  formal  meetings and  recommendations  on progress  of  Staying Close and Commissioning Innovation Programme Projects.
  • In capacity as board member of the National Stability Forum,invite proposals for improving commissioning  and  sufficiency of foster  placements. We  will  be funding  local  authorities  to develop models for improving commissioning and sufficiency of foster placements, including specialist  placements, models  that create  and  strengthen  the  links  between fostering and residential, and increasing local sufficiency by working in partnership. 

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Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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