Play is a very important aspect of the growing up process; so much so that it has become a focus of government at both a national and local level.

The consultation process for the government’s children’s plan highlighted that children and parents wanted more safe places to play outside, This committed the government to providing better play areas for children; but how best to implement that at local levels?

Local government has faced an unprecedented challenge over the last few years – savage cuts, increasing demand and rising expectation – and new approaches have had to be evolved to better service the needs of children and families, including provision of more and safer areas in which the children could play.

“Without you, my children
wouldn’t be here today.
You are so supportive
and reassuring and so
much more helpful than
Social Services. I wish I
could give you a medal.
You go above and beyond
what you are expected to do.”Our client, Kathleen

Radically restructuring local authorities’ access to services, the Commissioning Support Programme is working with national partners and leading commissioners to find solutions. Established in late 2008, their success comes from their ability to be a powerful agent of change through a unique commissioning approach.

Their approach is focused around brokering local relationships and partnerships that can ensure an effective range of services, delivered how and where families want them and in a way that makes the best use of resources and expertise.

The success of the initiative has come from an objective view of the totality of the problem on a national level, allowing the delivery of better outcomes for children, young people and families at a local level.

Best Practice, Policy and Guidance for Play

Part of this success has come from the pooling of national resources to create a “bank” of knowledge and experience, allowing the sharing of best practice and the establishment of general policy and guidance regarding play.

The methodology does not promote a particular service design but empowers local professionals and communities to understand the system and create a more effective design. It offers a pragmatic, scalable way of implementing Total Place and Big Society, which quickly implements a top-led bottom-up design of local services.

The Commissioning Support Programme works flexibly with all local authorities in England and their partner organizations to  help them achieve better outcomes for children, young people and their families.

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Brendan Fleming Solicitors are nationally recognized as a leading choice in the area of care work. We are justifiably proud of our expertise and our success rate. We are contracted to the Legal Services Commission for this type of work and are considered to be one of the leading national firms for publicly funded services.

Our principal, Brendan Fleming, has won a reputation for his innovative approach, spearheading many new ways of securing justice for families caught in the care proceedings trap. He is a member of a select children’s panel and recognised and approved by the Law Society.

If the local authority are trying to get a care order issued on your child, and to see how we can help you, contact Brendan Fleming Solicitors.

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