LIIA Recovery Fund Project Progress

Last year London was awarded a £3.1 million boost for London's recovery as part of funding by the government's national Children’s Social Care Covid-19 Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund. For the first time London submitted a collaborative bid through LIIA, with excellent results. 

Alongside LIIA’S existing plans to progress ALDCS priorities in the key workstreams of SEND, Adolescent Safeguarding, Workforce and Commissioning, this additional funding has boosted the impact of existing priorities aligned to the 3 strands of recovery: Regional Priorities, Practice Solutions and Scale and Spread of Innovation. This has enabled the acceleration of ongoing transformative work with London’s children, young people and families.

Read LIIA's Final Project Report in the Members Area


Overview of Regional Recovery Projects

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Project Examples

Lambeth Peer Review

In January we ran the Lambeth Peer review with colleagues across commissioning. Key Lines of Enquiry were identified and centred on three themes: joint commissioning, sufficiency and value for money.

All interviews were recorded consistently through an agreed template by each interviewing group and captured through a sharepoint developed as an ongoing tool and repository, utilising LIIA’s restricted area of the website, which houses a dedicated space for the Lambeth peer review materials and learnings. This two-day event was closed with an initial finding report and recommendations presented to Lambeth, identifying key strengths and areas for focus moving forward. Initial feedback provided on both the execution and outputs of the day has been positive and has supported LIIAs learnings to develop this approach moving forward.

Formal evaluation has taken place to capture reflections and learnings to inform the development of a toolkit.

Family Hubs

Bi-borough children’s services (Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster) lead on this project and are working with the department’s policy team and national centre to develop plans for a wider regional roll out of the model.  This also includes liaison with the other regional FH leads.  Bi-Borough have utilised the funding to instate a Regional Family Hub Advisor, to provide information, advice and guidance through a range of workshops, focused meetings and resources depending on the need determined by each participating LA. The aim will be to bring participating LA’s together to share their learning and experience of the change process. The Regional Lead will also help oversee the successful delivery of the Strand 2 Family Hub bids. Key achievements to date include: 

Information, advice and guidance to funded LA’s as part of Regional Plan

  • We have set up monthly meetings for the five LA’s and LIIA to come together to support journey and share learning.
  • Individual meetings have taken place with the funded boroughs to support their journey.

Widened reach

  • To date the above offer has been provided to five other interested LA’s with others in the pipeline 
  • Four dates have been offered to interested LA’s to visit a WCC Family Hub, including a presentation setting out the journey and approach. 

Co-ordinate FH Activity

  • Setting up monthly meetings with Family Hubs Network and National Centre (Anna Freud) to co-ordinate activity and information share.
  • Signposting LA’s to National Centre and FH Network and promoting activity through the National Centre
  • Attending Early Help Network to test appetite for FH Network and ensure alignment – all 23 LA’s present supported FH Network
  • Co-ordinating a baseline questionnaire to inform audit of regional FH activity

Adolescent Safeguarding

Waltham Forest and LIIA have taken ownership of each of the proposals respectively, although LIIA maintain an oversight role across all elements. LIIA has taken forward work aligned to:

Development of an adolescent safeguarding in education curriculum;

  • LIIA is developing activities and working with leaders in further education, LA maintained schools and multi-academy Trusts. This work is developed through London Adolescent Safeguarding Oversight Board with education leaders and is supported by a dedicated project officer.
  • A joint pan-London Education and Children’s Services workshop has been held around AS in education, which was jointly developed by LASOB (London Adolescent Safeguarding Oversight Board), Research In Practice and The Children’s Society. Outputs from the workshop are being collated to inform the LASOB work plan.

Adolescent Safeguarding project resource;

  • the LASOB project officer is supporting the delivery of the LASOB adolescent safeguarding work plan, including providing oversight of the three projects. Specific activity aligned to LASOB requests is to collate innovative and effective adolescent safeguarding practice in London. 

Contact Details

LIIA Strategic Lead: Ben Byrne
LIIA Commissioning and SEND Lead: Frank Offer
LIIA Programme Lead: Matt Raleigh
LIIA Programme Manager: Rula Tripolitaki