In Control's Children's Community of Change Programme provides
the support and expertise you need to meet the challenges of
implementing personalisation across children's services.
The Government is driving its commitment to expanding the
use of personal budgets using funding from education, social care
and health. Our members represent children's services (social care,
education, health and the provider sector) across England who are
committed to extending personalisation and self-directed
In Control Children's Community of Change Programme member
authorities are working individually, sub-regionally, regionally
and nationally to give children, young people and their families
greater choice and control to improve outcomes.
Being part of the In Control Children's Community of Change
Programme gives members access to a network of like-minded
people, committed to working together to share practice in
personalisation and speed up change.
Our team works with members, wherever they are on the journey,
to extend personalisation and give children, young people and their
families more choice and control in their lives.
Andy Mahoney from Wigan Children's Services explains what
membership has meant for them in their work as an SEND Pathfinder
and more recently…
"Wigan was selected as a Pathfinder to help support the
DofE to influence the SEND code of practice and become an early
implementer of the SEND Reforms. In Control were an essential
resource of information and very supportive of Wigan throughout the
journey to implementation, offering quality advice, guidance and
support when needed. All members of the In Control team have
individually offered their expertise to help overcome barriers in
Wigan. The national/regional events and learning networks have been
very helpful and influential to continuing to develop and improve
what we have already built in Wigan."
Annual membership gives the following benefits:
- Access to our national and international resources.
- Bespoke one-to-one organisational tailored support.
- Access to online material and advice via our member's
- Knowledge exchange and events that are relevant to your area of
- Peer support through the Community of Change.
- The most up-to-date information about issues affecting the
sector and opportunity to influence national and local policy.
What does it look like practically?
- Individual days of bespoke support tailored to meet your
organisational challenges using a range of methods, including POET
and relevant performance assessment techniques. (Up to four
- Community of Change residential workshops, offering two places
at each for your organisation.
- Access to tools and resources to support you via our member's
portal on our website.
- A named support person who can support you and/or access
support from our network of associates and team members.
- Regular updates relevant to your area of work, supported by
webinars for all members covering a range of topics from age
specific support to family and people leadership.
- Access to the whole active and supportive community of
like-minded organisations and people, email and phone support,
sharing of good practice and community problem solving(including a
members only website).
- Opportunity to get involved in national and local developments
including Me My Family My Home, embedding and using the 'Whole Life
POET', and person-centered integration.
- Additional bespoke support when needed at member discounted
- Additional places for the residential workshops, member
Our Children's Community of Change Programme is bespoke. We
have a team of expert advisers, which includes parents and carers
with a range of different backgrounds. Our advisers deliver
training and workshops, attend meetings and act as 'critical
Examples of our bespoke support include work to:
- Empower children, young people and families to be at the centre
of the development of self-directed support.
- Use a tried and tested resource allocation approach to support
- Supporting children and young people with very complex support
needs and/or complicated home lives to live with loved ones and
remain within their home communities wherever possible and
- Extend personal budgets to include health and education
- Develop the market and providers to better respond to the
- Make better use of local resources both in-house and within
- Support transition between children and adult services.
How much does Community of Change membership
Annual membership cost: £5,500 + VAT pa.
Members are able to purchase further bespoke days or places at
our national events at discounted rates.
We would always be pleased to discuss with you other work that
we might be able to help you with, for example reviews and
research. Please contact your regional representative in
the first instance.
Download a PDF summary of our Children's Community of Change