Bright Futures: council case studies

Learn about innovative council solutions to improve the lives of children, young people and families, despite funding pressures.


If we truly want to get the best for children, they must be at the heart of everything we do. Funding pressures have made this increasingly difficult but by making improvement an ongoing priority services can be consistently strong.

Below are inspiring examples of council innovation in children's services.

Bristol Children's Charter: placing children at the heart of the city – Bristol City Council

In 2018, the Mayor of Bristol, Director of Children’s Services at Bristol City Council and Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Families, agreed to develop a new approach to ensure that children were at the heart of the city – not just in council decision-making, but across the breadth of Bristol’s partners.

Recruitment and retention of children’s social workers – North Yorkshire County Council

In June 2017, North Yorkshire County Council was one of only four councils in England which still didn't employ agency staff in children’s services. With budgets squeezed and stability in the workforce recognised as contributing to improved services and better outcomes for children, the council has concentrated on developing a strong, permanent workforce capable of delivering the best results for children.

Delivering children’s services differently – Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

The Royal Borough’s ambition, and challenge, is to deliver integrated health, early help and specialist safeguarding services, which meet residents’ needs, against a backdrop of diminishing financial resources.

A fundamental review of services for children – Greater Manchester

Ten local authorities working together to improve children’s outcomes and create a more innovative, responsive, and sustainable system for delivery.

Norfolk Teenage Parent Pathway  Norfolk County Council

The Norfolk Teenage Parent Pathway (TPP) broadens the reach of support to all teenage parents within Norfolk, in addition to the extra resources focused on those teenage parents identified as most vulnerable.

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