Think Tanks

The 24 hour Think Tank is not a conventional conference, seminar or workshop. It aims to bring together a group of colleagues to exchange practice and, through lightly facilitated working sessions and experiential ‘swap shops’, reflect upon and seek solutions to the challenges they face.

Typically the Think Tank is open to DCSs, their direct reports and others in equivalent senior leadership positions across the public sector with a particular interest in improving outcomes for children, young people and families. It is an opportunity for senior leaders to come together with peers to consider collectively how to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead and what new models of public service provision might be needed to withstand likely future shifts and changes.

For 2017/18 the College is offering two Think Tanks:


Summer Think Tank, 21st – 22nd August 2017 – Sector led improvement: taking a fresh look at children’s services

Winter Think Tank, 24th – 25th January 2018 – Self improvement in children’s services: emerging practice



The course created the correct atmosphere to allow folk to speak openly and honestly about the issues.
Well planned, good background papers and well sourced examples that provided an opportunity to consider ideas that have different contextual genesis but common principles that can be mobilised.

Participants from 2016 Summer Think Tank

Yes – high level intellectual debate, much to reflect on for future planning in my own context.
Great opportunity to understand perspectives and view work through different lenses.

Participants from 2015 Summer Think Tank

Places on the 2016/17 Think Tanks are chargeable at £425+VAT*

If you would like to book your place please complete a booking form and return to the Staff College team via:

The Summer Think Tank 2017 booking form can be accessed here.

*For each of our subscribing LAs one place on either of the Think Tanks is available free of charge for the DCS or nominee to attend. A reduced rate also applies to any additional places for subscribing LA employees, to find out more please click here.