North Yorkshire County Council has implemented an electronic planning and case management system enabling social workers to spend less time on paperwork.
The Liquidlogic system allows social workers to enter details on cases electronically, instead of writing everything out by hand as they currently do.
It means information on each child or family will be saved on a single file, meaning reviewing cases when they are updated is easier.
Fran Senior, ICS project manager, said it would reduce the amount of time spent on paperwork, and force social workers into good practice.
She said, "As practitioners get used to the system they might think it is slower. But it forces them into good practice. And in the long term it will save them an awful lot of time. Because of this it will eventually improve outcomes for children."
She said the system meant details could be copied between files, so, for example, a case will not have to be written out three times for three siblings.
Managers will also have access to real time information about the progress and performance of both the department and individual staff.
Senior said, "All local authorities have to provide reports on their performance. At the moment performance levels are calculated after the event. Now managers can measure this in real time, and can see exactly what is going on as it happens.
"It also means they can supervise staff more easily, see if they are struggling with something or not making deadlines. It will definitely improve quality."
The system will also improve communication across the geographically large county, meaning there will be a consistent approach to good practice.
It has capabilities to be linked to other agencies and other councils in the future, Senior said.