Working with Children's Services

  • By London Councils

The funding for the London Cultural Improvement Programme came to an end in 2011.  This website will remain live to ensure that the learning and resources from the programme are still available.  For an overview of the programme visit the LCIP Index.

Working with Children’s Services was initially inspired by the national Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Department for Children, Schools and Families Find Your Talent programme, and Arts Council England’s London-facing Creative Services project. As the project developed it became strongly influenced by Local Government Improvement and Development (formerly IDeA)’s work to encourage the participation of culture, art, heritage and sport in the strategic commissioning of local services for children.  A successor body for some of the work undertaken by Working with Children's Services is A New Direction.

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Resources available from the programme:




Case Studies 

Outcomes of cultural activity for children and young people case studies

The case studies demonstrate the value of culture in linking to wider outcomes and objectives, highlight the excellent work of particular organisations and, most crucially, make recommendations for taking these areas of work forward in your own local authority or organisation.

Looked after Children



Youth Offending