Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Somerset County Council: An employers' perspective on T Levels

‘Grow our own’ is an important ethos at Somerset Council. T Level placements are one element of a variety of early career routes into the council, and T Level opportunities are making the council an attractive local employer to young people.

Supporting Ukrainian families through HAF provision

Over 140 Ukrainian families attended holiday playschemes in Cambridgeshire over the summer holidays.

Gloucestershire County Council's Social Work Academy – addressing recruitment and retention in children’s services

Gloucestershire County Council has taken a dynamic and innovative approach to recruitment and retention of social workers which has driven increased stability in the workforce to achieve better outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Education Partnership North East: A provider's perspective on T Levels

Education Partnership North East provide a range of T Levels and have successfully worked with Sunderland Council and local businesses to produce successful outcomes.

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council: Theatre Tracks - a project for cared for children in Tameside

Theatre Tracks is an innovative dance and drama project focusing on community safety themes which supports cared for children in Tameside.

Derby - Supporting children from asylum seeker families

A dedicated team has been set up in Derby to support children from asylum-seeking families. It is part of the 0-19 Derby Integrated Family Health Service and involves two public health nurses dually qualified as health visitors and school nurses, a family health practitioner and child practitioner. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system and includes case studies from across the country focussed on how they provide an invaluable role to children.

Stockport - The benefits of school nurses offering immunisations

In many areas school-based immunisation programmes are run separately from 5-19 Healthy Child Programme services, but that is not the case in Stockport where the HPV, the teenage three-in-one booster and MenACWY vaccines programmes are delivered by the service. The approach has helped ensure high uptake of immunisations and meant the service was well placed to respond to the demands placed on it by the pandemic. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system.

Walsall - Addressing emotional and mental health problems

Helping children and young people enjoy good emotional health and wellbeing and develop resilience is really important to their overall health and development. Walsall's school nursing service - delivered by school nurses employed by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust – provides a wide range of support to children and parents through a programme of group sessions, courses and webinars. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system.

Derbyshire - Supporting LGBT+ pupils

Derbyshire’s school nursing service has invested in extra training for its team to help them better support LGBT+ pupils. The project has equipped school nurses with the skills and confidence to address the issues these pupils face, helping improve their mental health in the process. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system.

Leeds - Identifying and supporting young carers

Being a young carer can significantly affect a pupil’s education and mental health with little time to do homework, coursework or socialise with friends. In Leeds routine screening of pupils has begun to identify those who have caring responsibilities and to support them a dedicated pathway has been established to improve links between school nurses and other services. This case study showcases the important role of school nurses in the education system.