The Children's Society announced as provider of new approach to children's care in Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk

Published: 28 Mar 2018

National charity, The Children’s Society, has been announced as the lead provider of a new children’s social care innovation programme – Inside Out - being piloted in the East of England.

The local authorities of Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk were awarded £3million by the Department for Education last year to trial a new approach to delivering children’s social care across each of the three areas.

As part of the pilot, The Children’s Society has been awarded grant funding to recruit a team of coaches. The coaches will provide support for young people in residential placements, helping to improve their stability and successfully ‘step down’ to less intensive care wherever appropriate and possible.
A coach will work intensively one-on-one with a young person and their family, giving tailored support based on their individual needs and working alongside the young person’s social worker, current residential provider and other agencies involved in their life.

Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services in Hertfordshire said: “This is a truly innovative project which, with the help of skilled coaches, will support young people to move back into their local community. Positive relationships are at the core of our work and having a coach who will support the young people through their journey is a new and exciting way of achieving best outcomes.

“The Children’s Society has a positive track record of working with vulnerable children and young people nationally and we look forward to working closely with them to mobilise the new model over the coming months.”

Kerry Clancy-Horner, Children and Families Area Manager for the East of England  at The Children’s Society, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded funding to create the Inside Out coaching service which we hope will make a real difference to the lives of looked after young people and keep them safe and settled.

“Young people who are in the care of the local authority often have several issues in their lives; they may move around frequently between foster care placements, feel isolated and are particularly vulnerable to running away from home, putting them at greater risk of being sexually exploited.

“These children deserve to have a good childhood and we hope this innovative approach will improve their overall stability and help them have better lives as they grow up”.


Notes to editors

  • The Children’s Society is a national charity that works with the most vulnerable children and young people in Britain today. We listen. We support. We act. Because no child should feel alone.

  • More information about The Children’s Society can be found here:

  • The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme was launched by the Department for Education (DfE) to test innovative ways of supporting vulnerable children and young people. More information can be found here:

  • The Inside Out pilot will focus on a small cohort of young people aged 15-17, currently living in residential placements in Essex, before being rolled out to Hertfordshire and Norfolk next year.