As a company we are youth and children’s services specialists and have extensive experience of evaluating services, creating strategies and innovative solutions with a wide range of local authorities, voluntary sector and national organisations.
We are experienced at service transformation and bring together teams of experts who understand your business needs and will work with you to create new entities and approaches at this time of financial constraint. We can include legal and accountancy partners as part of our team to suit your needs.
Providing external challenge, we lead quality reviews, conduct audits and develop improvement strategies in a variety of youth and children’s services settings, with a focus on new models for practice and improved service delivery. Our recent clients include Dudley MBC, Solihull MBC, Leicestershire County Council and Knowsley Youth Mutual.
Louise was an Ofsted additional inspector for 9 years and has led the company to carry out quality assurance and quality improvement work in a range of children’s and youth sector services. Atkin Associates is currently managing the Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government. We are responsible for the training of all assessors in Wales and for assessing all applications to the Quality Mark. Working with local authorities in England, we are engaged in improvement work with Dudley Council working with the Early Help teams and developing a participation strategy for Children’s Services; a review of thresholds for Early Help in Solihull commissioned by the Local Safeguarding Board and improvement work with Cumbria Council Leaving Care Service.