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The Department for Children, Schools and Families has released fresh details of how new social work practices for looked-after children - due to be piloted next year - will operate. In a "prospectus" published last week, it said between six and nine English councils would trial practices by contracting out cases of children in long-term care to independent social work teams. The GP-style practices, designed to improve stability in relationships between looked-after children and their social workers, will be paid according to their ability to improve outcomes for young people. Lead professionals will be appointed to work with individual children and support them through each and every episode including when they leave care. A key objective is reducing staff turnover and improving continuity of care. According to the DCSF prospectus, young people see as many 30 different social workers during their time in care. Empowering practitioners They are also designed to cut bureaucracy and empower practitioners to make decisions about cases. Practices will be judged against the five Every Child Matters outcomes - being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being - and a sixth, stability and continuity. The latter will cover both placement stability and practitioner continuity.