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  • ICS Assessment Services at National Social Care Conference Wales 2018

    ICS Assessment Services at National Social Care Conference Wales 2018

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    ICS Assessment Services at National Social Care Conference Wales 2018

    Come to our Stand 9 (to the left of registration, opposite the Main Conference Hall) to find out more about how we can help.

  • Thought Pieces: Commissioning

    Friday, September 7, 2018

    As part of our ongoing partnership with Rutland County Council, we've published our second thought piece in our Commissioning series.

  • NSSC 2018 - only two weeks to go...

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    With only two weeks to go until the National Social Care Conference 2018, we look forward to seeing you there and meeting with all event-goers to hear about the fantastic work being undertaken in Social Care both now and in the future.

    We’re excited to present our latest work with Directors, talk to you about the latest developments in providing excellent social work practice and understand your needs in an increasingly demanding and challenging market.

  • How are you monitoring your strengths-based approach?

    Friday, August 17, 2018

    As specialists in delivering Adults and Children’s social work services, we have learned over the past three years how to keep delivery of services flexible and appropriate for all clients and service users, whilst also ensuring value for money at its heart, in addition to sustainability for both Local Authorities and the provider market.

  • Social care outsourcing: A guide

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    The current environment in Children’s and Adults Social Care is volatile – and it is no secret that historic practices, combined with dwindling budgets have struggled to keep up with effective ways of delivering services that meet the ever-changing needs of the population.

    Operational Directors, Managers and Commissioners (who battle with this unpredictability in the market on a daily basis) can however, through straightforward planning and execution, create a strong contractual environment which will enable a successful model of procurement for their services.

    We present our best practice tips and advice on how to make sure you are getting the best value for money when outsourcing in Social Services.

  • Children on Section 20 - long delays breaching the law?

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    The judgment, made today, dismissed the appeal of a couple against a Court of Appeal ruling that Hackney council had lawfully accommodated their children under section 20 of the Children Act 1989 and, consequently, had not breached their human rights.

  • More funding will not reduce care numbers... Children's minister

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    Providing more money to councils will not help to reduce record numbers of children being taken into care, children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has said. Figures published last September show that the number of children in care is rising at its fastest rate in five years. There were 72,670 children in care in the 12 months to the end of March 2017, compared with 70,440 the year before and 69,480 in 2015.

  • Welcome to our website

    Saturday, April 7, 2018

    ICS Assessment Services launches our new website today.
    Here you'll find lots of interesting resources about our organisation and the fantastic work we're doing with Councils nationwide.

  • Commissioning in Focus

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    Commissioning is a process that public sector organisations use to plan, procure, deliver and evaluate services for local residents. As a process (and also a concept) commissioning has a corporate “ivory tower” undertone and is not often connected with social work practice.

  • NHS England publishes data on DTOC

    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    A council is facing a £19.5 million black hole in its social care budget – because patients are spending too long in hospital beds. Staffordshire County Council was due to receive the NHS funding to pay for services for elderly and disabled people.