In June 2018, we conducted a strategic review of our work and priorities going forward. The result is a strategic plan that provides a clear framework to ensure our growth and development over the next three years is geared towards providing the best possible value for children and young people in line with our charitable objectives.
Our strategic aims
From understanding our vision and mission, reviewing the environment in which we work and our core strengths, we have developed four strategic aims:
- Secure outcomes for individual children and young people
- Secure changes to the legal, policy and practice environment for children and young people
- Maintain and develop a robust organisation using our strengths to maximum impact
- Develop an organisation in which participation is central to all our activities
These four aims are equally important and over the next three years they will be given the same prioritisation. However, we recognise that both maintaining and developing a robust organisation and developing an organisation in which participation is central underpins all our work.
Putting it into practice
In 2020, the second year of our strategy, we plan to take forward a number of changes...
We will complete a review of our participation and youth engagement work, so we have a clearer understanding of our approach and how we want to embed it across the organisation.
Our legal team will aim to increase to its capacity by employing a specialist housing solicitor, gaining funding to take on an additional immigration caseworker and implementing the learning from the legal clinic pilot on school exclusion casework to consider future expansion.
We will ensure the wellbeing of our staff is paramount, implementing a new policy and action plan as well as putting in place a comprehensive package of support, including reflective practice, clinical supervision and regular training for all our frontline staff. This will build their resilience and ensure they are equipped to do the best job possible with the children and young people we support.
We will further develop campaigning work to highlight the lack of social care and housing support for older teenagers and young people, including care leavers, taking the evidence from our casework to improve policy and practice.
We will pilot and implement new outcome indicators that demonstrate the real difference we make to the young people we support and review our new SMS survey that we send to all young people we work with. We will also start to better capture the impact we make in our work to secure legal, policy and practice reforms for children and young people.
We will move to a new office so that we have a working environment for our staff that meets their needs and is fit for purpose.