Stockport awarded further national funding for digital project for children’s services

New software being developed for social workers

Stockport Council and two local authority partners will receive £350,000 from The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) ’Local Digital Fund’. The Council will use the money to develop software to provide social workers with easier access to contextual information to support child referrals more efficiently. This will enable them to spend more time working with families, to make more informed assessments of safeguarding risks and support decisions made for children and their families.

The award is the second one received from MHCLG for this project and builds on previous work in Stockport and Leeds to explore and test potential solutions with social workers. Stockport Council is collaborating with Leeds City Council and Manchester City Council on this phase of the project, but we will also be working closely with other Local Authorities and partners (e.g. Social Finance, a not for profit organisation) to ensure we develop software that can be shared more widely.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement says: “We focus on user need and experience, so we have listened to what our staff say they need and how our families describe their experiences. We know that easier access to information from different sources will help social workers to better help families and enable children to access the right support more quickly.

“We are proud to be leading the way on this ground-breaking project, which offers very real benefits to families across Stockport, Leeds and Manchester, and also has the potential to be rolled out across the UK.”