About Us

The London Innovation and Improvement Alliance (LIIA) is the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS) sector-led improvement partnership and is hosted by London Councils. LIIA exists to:

  • Identify and share effective practice
  • Facilitate collaboration to address ALDCS priorities
  • Provide a platform for innovation
  • Produce shared datasets to drive informed strategy and practice

Our programmes support the development of children’s services as learning organisations with a particular focus on the ALDCS priorities of adolescent safeguarding, SEND, finance, and workforce issues. The last year has also seen a scaling up in the work to address racial disparities in outcomes for children and in the experience of our staff.

Current projects include:

  • Development of a multi-agency, pan-London adolescent safeguarding practice framework;
  • Pan-London Placement Commissioning Programme which is developing collaborative responses to risk sharing on high cost low incidence placements such as those for complex adolescents, mother and baby assessments and alternatives to custody;
  • Partnership with Research in Practice to develop a pan-London digital practice framework;
  • Development of the London Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic leadership programme;
  • Child-level data project to improve our understanding of children’s services responses in London;
  • LIIA website to enable wider dissemination of learning and building a shared resource for ALDCS networks including Lead Members.

We have produced a downloadable summary of our work here.

Latest news

£3.1 million boost for London's recovery 18/10/21

London has been awarded just over £3.1 million from the DfE for its pandemic Recovery Plan.

£10million to help young Londoners avoid violence 29/07/21

London’s Directors of Children’s Services, in partnership with London’s Violence Reduction Unit, CAMHS providers and the NHS Violence Reduction programme have secured £10 million investment to support thousands of young people at risk of serious violence

Summer violence prevention approach agreed 20/07/21

Strategic Partners agree approach to preventing and responding to summer violence.


Our governance

LIIA is founded upon a Memorandum of Understanding agreed between all of London’s local authorities and is funded by local authority subscription and DfE grant.

Governance is provided by the London Children’s Innovation and Improvement Board, chaired by the Chief Executive with lead responsibility for children on the Chief Executives’ London Committee.


Purpose of this Website

We have built this website to provide a central resource to the staff and Council members of the 33 contributing local authorities. This resource will also be of value to those who work alongside London children’s services departments and all those who have an interest in improvement and innovation in children’s services.

Please let Isabelle Gregory isabelle.gregory@basis.co.uk know if you have any comments or suggestions for improvements to the website.

Access to Member (Restricted) Areas

Access to the password-protected 'Member' Areas is subject to the Data Sharing Protocol Annex to the Sector Led Improvement in London Memorandum of Understanding 2018-20 which has been signed by the Chair of the ALDCS on behalf of the participating London local authorities. 

Problems signing in to password-protected areas

If you have already been provided with a password and are experiencing difficulties in signing in, please contact administrator@liia.london.



Our Partners

LIIA has been established as part of the Association of Directors of Children’s Service (ADCS) commitment to develop a self-improving system which places sector-led approaches at the heart of practice development and improvement for children across England.

LIIA is London’s Regional Improvement and Innovation Alliance (RIIA) and works with the ADCS, London Councils, Department for Education, the Local Government Association (LGA), the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and the eight other RIIA across the country to promote learning through collaboration which benefits children.

We are particularly grateful to our colleagues at the SE RIIA who have been so generous of their time and experience.

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services Ltd (ADCS) is the national leadership association in England for statutory directors of children’s services and their senior management teams.

The LGA is a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government.

Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) is the representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector.

London Councils, our host organisation, is the local government association for Greater London, England. It is a cross-party organisation that represents London's 32 borough councils and the City of London.