Indicators of effective strategy

Strategic managers and commissioners in housing, health, supporting people, and children’s services should aim to ensure that their commissioning framework brings together all agencies’ planning, policies and targets, pooling resources to ensure that key priorities are identified and addressed.

Joint strategic arrangements in housing and children services provide opportunities to align accountability and plan strategically to serve the interests of homeless and badly housed children and young people.

Shelter's joint working indicators

Shelter has identified a number of opportunities through which services can develop joint strategies, which will address the specific needs of children, young people and their families. The indicators and action points set out below can help benchmark progress you make towards developing and implementing joint strategies. You can also download our short case studies for examples of how joint strategic arrangements have proved successful.

  • Housing and children’s services work together to collate data that identifies the scale and impact of homelessness and bad housing on children and young people’s outcomes in the local authority area.
  • Children’s Services develop their CYPP with appropriate targets that relate to homeless children and young people.
  • Housing Services develop their Homelessness Reviews and Strategies with appropriate targets that relate to homeless children and young people.
  • Housing and Children’s Services align funding to commission support and prevention services concerning housing and homelessness for children and young people, for example through Supporting People.
  • Housing and children’s services’ strategic management have, or work towards having, a sound knowledge base of each other’s legislation and guidance frameworks.
  • Homeless children, young people and families are consulted and involved in the development of homelessness strategies and children and young people’s plans.

More information on each of these indicators can be found in our benchmarking guide for joint working between services: Improving outcomes for children and young people in housing.

Examples of good practice

Shelter has identified two examples of good practice in relation to strategy, which can be downloaded here:

PDF icon North East Regional Youth Homelessness Network

PDF icon Integrated response between Housing and Children's Services, Brighton and Hove CC.

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