Leapwise was engaged to support West Midlands Children’s Services to develop a new model of secure care and support for the region’s most vulnerable children and young people in just five months. The project required the creation and implementation of new decision processes to support a complex multi-agency collaboration between the region’s 12 local authorities, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, two major charities, and the West Midlands Combined Authority.
Work to develop the model drew on expertise from within these organisations, as well as input from service user experts and the Leapwise team’s analysis. Harnessing our subject matter experts, the team’s analysis included assessing the needs of target groups, demand for the new service, gaps in existing provision, and site options. A series of collaborative service design workshops set the high level design parameters and developed ideas, and the model was then worked up and supported by a detailed financial modelling exercise.
Focusing on ensuring that children progress to permanent and stable home environments in the region, the feasibility of implementing the new model was thoroughly assessed in a comprehensive Feasibility Study, which formed the basis of a request for £30 million capital funding from the Department for Education. The model is ear-marked to progress to its next stage of development.
Leapwise… professionalism in project management is the best I have experienced over 35 years in the Voluntary and Public Sector… understanding of the subject matter…inclusion of all stakeholders, creativity in solution solving and energy to get us over the line was simply brilliant. You are not just getting a highly professional package you are also getting passion and commitment.
The best decision that the West Midlands Safe Centre Partnership made was in employing Leapwise as their consultants…. we are incredibly grateful to Leapwise and would have no hesitation in working with them again and recommending them to others.Hugh Disley, Strategic Support Manager, West Midlands Children’s Services
I am pleased to be able to recommend Leapwise.
I was immediately impressed by an incredible grip of detail, a great understanding of the strategic context and aims of our project together with a value set that was in tune with the partners involved in developing the Safe Centre Project.
[Leapwise was] able to bring together 14 local authorities of differing sizes, responsibilities and political complexion together with representatives of the NHS, Police and Crime Commissioner, West Midlands Combined Authority and the VCS… The quality of the analysis and discussion of hypotheses and options enabled us to arrive at an innovative proposal that was absolutely bespoke to the needs of the West Midlands authorities”Louise Rees, Director of Children’s Services (Solihull) and Chair of the West Midlands Safe Centre Partnership Board