The nine Local Authorities in the East Midlands have a strong commitment to work together to improve outcomes for the region’s children. This is led by the Directors of Children’s Services (DCS) and underpinned by corporate and political support.
An annual cycle of self-evaluation and peer challenge between all LAs forms the basis of the Regional Improvement Alliance (RIA). Working in triad groups, the senior leaders from all LAs give and receive challenge to scrutinise and review local improvement priorities and plans.
A regional plan is then developed through the challenge process that identifies both local areas of strength and development where inter-LA support can be brokered. It also identifies common priorities that the region can address on a collective basis through project initiatives, training and seminars.
Each DCS plays a link-lead role for different priorities and service areas, providing leadership and creating the authorising environment in which colleagues can then work together purposefully. An RIA Project Lead and the co-ordination of the SDSA provides the capacity to mobilise the RIA Plan.