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Department for Education launches programme of work to drive improvements in children’s homes

Announcement of government decision to raise the quality of residential care by working in partnership with the sector instead of reinvesting in an external contract.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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The Department for Education is today launching a new programme of work to drive improvements in children’s homes, which will be led by the sector and the department. As a result the department will no longer be awarding an external contract to Tribal to deliver this work.

The challenge to improve the lives of our most vulnerable children and young people remains a top priority. The Department is committed to raising the quality of residential care and improving outcomes for looked after children. Considerable resources have already been spent trying to raise standards, and while there have been some improvements there is much more to be done.

Therefore instead of reinvesting in an external contract, Ministers have decided that the most effective and cost-effective way of achieving this change is to work in partnership with the sector to review what is working well and to identify areas for improvement. The Department will be holding events with key partners in the autumn to agree priorities for this work.

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Published 7 September 2010