Leadership in a Contested Space: a review of literature and research

This paper builds on previous work published in 2012 by the Virtual Staff College which identified the changing requirements for leadership sitting at the nexus of multiple systems, as distinct from traditional models of leadership that have tended to focus on elite individual leaders in the most senior positions.

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Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)

Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) are one of the mechanisms through which organisations can learn to protect children better. Reviews which focus on identifying learning can help organisations to change, and become environments in which both the systems and practice can be safely challenged and improved.

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Child Sexual Exploitation:
A Study of International Comparisons

As part of the final phase of the DCS Leadership Provision, the DfE asked the Virtual Staff College to co-ordinate a short literature review to: "look at how CSE is defined in selected countries, to what extent there is consistency in the response of public agencies around the world, and what the UK can learn from experiences elsewhere?"

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The Virtual Staff College


The Virtual Staff College designs and delivers professional development opportunities for those in leadership positions in local authority children’s services and other principal stakeholders such as HWBs, CCGs and other partners, working in the leadership, management and delivery of services for children, young people and families. The VSC is able to draw on its significant alliances with colleagues in Adult Social Care, the NHS, Public Health England, LGA and SOLACE to design bespoke leadership support that reflects the complex challenges that the system faces in the delivery of effective public services for the future.

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Child Sexual Exploitation: A Study of International Comparisons

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Closing Compassion Gap

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Interactive: Financial Times Local Cuts Checker

Between 2009-10 and 2014-15 spending by England's 300-plus local authorities was cut by a fifth - more than twice the rate of spending cuts to the rest of the UK public sector. The Local Cuts Checker database brings together a myriad of data - most compiled by local councils themselves for the purposes of reporting to central government - to allow citizens to explore the impact of those cuts in their areas.

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Summer Think Tank 2015

17th August, 2015 10:00 am

Summer Think Tank 2015 New Models: New Frontiers – Reimagining Public Services 17th and 18th …read more