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Leaders’ Forum 2016 explores what devolution means for children’s and adult services

14 April 2016

Leaders’ Forum 2016 explores what devolution means for children’s and adult services 9-10 June, Birmingham

This year’s Leaders’ Forum will focus on what devolution means for children’s and adult services.

Devolution means more powers going to local areas and is an opportunity for local communities to be involved in improving services. It involves the transfer of specific budgets and is transforming the way public services are commissioned and delivered.

Local leaders across the adults' and children's sector/s are acutely aware of the need to ensure that children and adults remain visible within the devolution discourse and that social care, early help and other areas of the system do not become eclipsed.

The Leaders’ Forum is an opportunity for senior leaders to discuss with peers the changing landscape and models of delivery. The forum will hear from colleagues from local areas at different stages of implementing or negotiating devolution 'deals' on what devolution has meant in practice and their strategies for local accountability. It will also explore research and thinking on different devolution initiatives.

Once again, Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults will be running a joint Leaders’ Forum bringing together leaders from both sectors with specialist break-out sessions to explore key issues for adults and children and families. Designed for Directors, Assistant Directors, strategic managers and senior leaders of children’s and adult social care, places are available for Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults Partners.

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