Across a whole range of areas, from schools to health, universities to welfare, policing, apprenticeships and helping troubled families – the last government I led undertook a series of public service reforms.
Abstract From: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, + others Delivered on: 11 September 2015 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Location:Leeds ONEFirst published: 11 September 2015Part of: Localism, City Deals and Growth Deals and Central government efficiency
It must be said, at the time, all manner of horror show predictions were made about what would happen to our country. But what actually happened?”
Our Troubled Families programme has shown just what we can achieve when we get different bodies channelling their resources into a single, locally-led determined intervention. I’ve just been to see the programme in action at Tenants Hall. The results are inspiring. More children going to school, fewer crimes, less anti-social behavior – and across the country thousands of troubled families turned around.
We need to do more of this. And we need to do more to encourage departments, local authorities and charities to work together collaboratively. Put simply: it’s now time to progress these ideas further and faster.
In June, I made the case for reform of social services and child protection. We need to apply the lessons we have learned in education reform to this vital area. Just as we improved the quality of teaching by attracting brilliant new recruits, so we’ll improve social work by bringing in new talent.
A new programme, Frontline, has already attracted hundreds of outstanding graduates to become social workers.
And just as we’ve replaced failing local authority schools with great new academies and outstanding free schools, so we will say to any local authority failing its children: transform the way you provide services, or those services will be taken over by non-profit trusts or other partnerships.
This will be a big area of focus over the next 5 years.