2024, marks 20 years since the Children Act 2004 received Royal Ascent

As a company that supports governance across the breadth of children’s services, I often describe key pieces of legislation and how children’s services are enshrined in legislation.  This year, the Children Act 2004 turns 20! This piece of legislation stands out as a cornerstone for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the United Kingdom. It has been pivotal in changing how councils and society approach the protection and well-being of its youngest members.

So, this year, we thought we would reflect on the impact of this important piece of legislation,  showcase the changes that the act has made and also the impact of our work.

Across the 12 months, we will bring to you:

  • Special Guest blogs, from great people that we have worked with to improve outcomes for children - across education, social care, health, and from councillors, officers, and partners in the system;
  • Insight from our work with all the sectors that we work with;
  • Key commentary on the latest news;
  • and much more

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Our services

All of our services are child-focused, and Shaping Governance works across many sectors and with:

  • Children's Overview and Scrutiny: Supporting Councils to improve the impact of the Children's Overview and Scrutiny committees, making it part of the improvement journey for children's services;
  • Corporate Parenting: Helping Corporate Parents and their Corporate Parenting Boards to navigate their role and become real champions for their children in care and care leavers by understanding how better governance contributes to better outcomes;
  • Multi-Academy Trusts: Reviewing governance arrangements in Multi-Academy Trusts, using our holistic approach to help trustees and governors fully understand how to improve their governance and how they can build better relationships across the tiers of their governance, we also offer training for trustees;
  • Local Governing Boards: Building the confidence of governors and governing boards by helping them to learn, reflect and improve their practice and impact; and giving them the tools to get the best our go their governance;
  • Young Person's Charities: working with trustees of children's-focused charities helping them to ensure that their governance and work is reflective of their core purpose.
  • Being Child-Centred: Championing the need for boards in all sectors to be more child-centred and appreciative.  Our approaches helping 'governors' to think differently.
  • STEM: designing new governance frameworks for national programmes for the DfE;

Organisations we have worked with

We are a leading governance improvement organisation and have worked with 100s of schools, councils and national membership organisations such as the Local Government Association to help 'governors' to understand their responsibilities and how they can discharge these effectively.

Our Founder and CEO Su Turner is a trained appreciative facilitator and has developed simple but effective ways to embed voice and improve the monitoring of schools and councils.


"Su was instrumental in getting our ILACS (Inspection of Local Authority Services) to good"

Swindon Council

Su’s approach is participative and guides Elected Members through what good corporate parenting looks like so that they can benchmark their approach. Elected Members are key to good corporate parenting and they leave the training programme understanding their role as a Corporate Parent and practical ways in which they can carry out the role effectively."

Dr Lee-Anne Farach, Medway Council
"Thank you for speaking at our Leadership Essentials Conference, feedback for your session was positive and sparked discussion in terms of actions that Councillors are taking back to their Councils"

Local Government Association

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