Regional Improvement and Innovation Alliance

Member LAs: Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council, North Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire Children’s Trust, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Rutland County Council, West Northamptonshire Council

The ten Local Authorities and Northamptonshire Children’s Trust in the East Midlands are strongly committed to working 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. A copy of the East Midlands RIIA MoU can be downloaded from here.

A biennial cycle of self-evaluation and peer challenge between all LAs forms the basis of the Regional Improvement and Innovation Alliance (RIIA). 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 priority and service area has a link DCS to provide strategic leadership and create an authorising environment where colleagues can work together purposefully. The RIIA Project Lead and the coordination of the SDSA provide the capacity to mobilise the RIIA Plan.

A summary of the projects our region delivered under the DfE’s COVID Recovery and Building Back Better fund can be viewed here.

RIIA Plan and Priorities – 2022- 2024

The RIIA Plan is an evolutionary document that does not aim to document every regional action. The current EM RIIA priorities are divided into the following three area:

Regional PressuresPolicy AreasCapacity Building
·   Social Worker Supply
·   Placement Sufficiency
·   SEND and Inclusion
·   Stronger Partnership
·  Supporting Families, inc. the development of Family Hubs and effective Early Help
·  Staying Close (Care Leavers)
·  Dissemination of BBB projects
·  Consistency of practice and managerial oversight
·  SEF Improvement
·  Leadership Development
·  Diversity in Leadership

You can view and download EM RIIA Plan 2022-24 for the link below:

EM RIIA News – December 2022

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