Frances’ work for the Innovation Unit is focused on supporting councils and partners to replicate and scale approaches that support vulnerable children and young people. She has many years experience working across the criminal justice and children’s social care sectors, leading transformational change by working in partnership with others.
Frances is currently working with Lincolnshire Council, enabling them to develop new approaches to supporting vulnerable children and young people. She has recently assisted the Spring Consortium in planning the DfE’s National Learning Conference that reviewed findings from the Department for Educations Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.
Frances’ current portfolio includes Senior Associate roles with the Young Foundation and Mutual Ventures and she is a Trustee for the Criminal Justice Alliance and member of the National Crime Agency’s Independent Reference Group. Prior to these roles, Frances worked at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, focusing on protecting victims and offender rehabilitation, as well as Catch22, a social business delivering services to support vulnerable children and young people and that included implementing DfE funded innovation programmes. She also had oversight of the National Leaving Care Benchmarking supporting Councils to improve outcomes for care leavers.
Innovations in children’s social care
The care system can be transformative, giving young people and their families the support they need at the most difficult points in their lives. But too many young people have a poor experience of the system and poor long-term outcomes, leaving care without the skills, relationships or emotional stability to ready them for adulthood.
Thriving families need thriving communities
We believe that the Troubled Families programme failed to recognise and respond the important evidence of relationships within communities, as well as families.
Delivering asset-based services for young people
This time last week we took part in a conference hosted by North Yorkshire County Council to share how the No Wrong Door model has helped rethink care for adolescents.