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Action and Improvement Plan workstreams

Our Action and Improvement Plan identifies what we need to do, and how we will ensure these improvements have been measured and are effective.  We will do this through five workstreams that look at:

Our staff and quality of practice

  • Leaders in all agencies know and understand the strengths and weaknesses of their services
  • We establish a learning culture to ensure learning and improvement opportunities are taken across the partnership
  • We provide effective challenge and monitor performance of all agencies
  • We give children, young people and families opportunities to feed back to us, we listen to them, and act on their feedback to improve services.


Knowing ourselves and understanding the quality of our work (quality assurance)

  • We provide a service focused on the needs and views of children, young people and families
  • We work across partnerships to ensure a joined up, effective service, that is equitable and accessible to everyone who needs it.
  • Leaders monitor and oversee services to ensure a consistent quality of risk assessments, decision making and recording that reflects the outcomes for the children, young people and families.
  • A commitment from all partners involved in planning and decision making, and a sharing of information.


 Early Help

  • We develop an early help plan to ensure a well co-ordinated, multi-agency offer to meet the needs of children and young people and their families
  • Provide services that enable children and young people to stay in mainstream services and experience
  • Establish and implement a multi-agency single plan that incorporates education, health and care.


Devon Safeguarding Children Board partnerships

Ensure robust arrangements across the agencies to ensure child protection is at the forefront of planning and decision making.


Looked after children

Develop a plan to ensure the views of children looked after by the local authority are listened to and influence planning decisions

The Plan will tackle the areas of greatest risk first and lay the foundations for more effective practice. This will include monitoring targets set out in the plan and checking that improvements are embedded through quality assurance and scrutiny.

The plan will have a relentless focus on securing the necessary rapid and sustainable improvements needed in safeguarding services for Devon’s children, young people and their families. With this in mind, the aims and outcome measures of this plan are based around listening and hearing the voice of the child, and on the journey they make.


How will we measure if these are effective?

The actions we need to take on our improvement plan are rated red, amber and green – with red indicated an action that has missed or is likely to miss the agreed deadline, and green being on target or complete.

This rating system will let us know if we are on track with our progress, and we will need to tell Ofsted how we are doing.  We will also be asking children, young people and families who use our services how we are doing, and will look at information such as the number of referrals made to agencies and how they are dealt with.


Where can I get more information?

Find the Action and Improvement Plan on the supporting documents webpage.
Also visit the Devon Safeguarding Children Board website for more information about safeguarding in Devon: