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Action research into improvement in local children's services: Summary from regional workshops

This summary report contains the key messages from four regional workshops commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) during October and November 2016. It explains the purpose of the workshops, the main issues that were discussed and debated, and some conclusions.

Isos Partnership ( were delighted to be commissioned by the LGA to undertake this research project and run the workshops, and we were grateful for the colleagues from local authorities who attended. We were particularly grateful for those four senior officers who introduced each of the workshops for us: Julia Hassall (DCS, Wirral); Marion Ingram (Operations Director, Hertfordshire); Tony Oakman (Strategic Director, People, Dudley); Julian Wooster (DCS, Somerset).