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Children's Community of Change Programme Membership

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 support.

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 portal.
  • Knowledge exchange and events that are relevant to your area of work.
  • 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 days.)
  • 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 rates.
  • Additional places for the residential workshops, member discounted rates.

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 friends.'

Bespoke work

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 planning.
  • 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 appropriate.
  • Extend personal budgets to include health and education budgets.
  • Develop the market and providers to better respond to the personalisation agenda.
  • Make better use of local resources both in-house and within local communities.
  • Support transition between children and adult services.

How much does Community of Change membership cost?

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 Programme below.

Last Updated : 26 May 2016. Page Author: philippa.barker.