Keeping Devon’s children safe – July 2014 update

Children’s Social Work survey results, CareFirst updates, MASH poster, workshops and congratulations – July issue

Back copies of staff bulletins:

Key management messages

Dear colleague

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the recent Social Work Workforce Survey. We had feedback from 73% of you which is a brilliant return rate and has helped us to get a much clearer picture of what it’s like to be a social worker in Devon. The results have been analysed and can be found in this edition of the bulletin alongside agreed actions in response to the survey results. A further survey will be carried out later this year.

Also in this bulletin we have an update on progress with our response to the Lean Review recommendations, changes to CareFirst, and don’t miss out on training for the new advocacy services in Devon.

And huge congratulations to our children in care and our care leavers, and those who worked with them, on a special Art Project aimed at exploring their dreams and aspirations showcased at national event in London. The group took their work to ‘Listen Up’ 2014 in Westminster. This is the leading national event for children in care and care leavers across England which brings together decision makers and care professionals from around the UK.  Read all about it!

Well done to everyone involved.

Ofsted Delivery Improvement Group (DIG)

At the last Delivery Improvement Group meeting a number of updates were received including feedback on the staff survey, the Lean Review, priorities for children’s safeguarding, and performance. Read the improvements here.

Update from Children’s Safeguarding Improvement Board

key messages from Professor Ray Jones, independent Chair

At the latest meeting Ray stressed, once again, how important it is for partners to get to know social workers in their area, as some are finding it difficult to identify social workers or key professionals.

Key messages this month include:

Staff Survey/workforce improvements – 73% of our workforce completed the recent staff survey.

Health focus – good work is taking place to make stronger connections with GPs and to improve safeguarding and primary care practice.

CAMHS – there is continued pressure in the CAMHS service to meet the demand from new referrals.

Children’s social work workforce survey

Key findings and responses to the Social Work Workforce Survey 2014 that was recently undertaken.

Register of health and care professionals

HCPC re-registrationis fast approaching. Renewals for Social Workers in England opens on 1st September and closes on 30th November. The HCPC will be running free registration renewal and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) webinars on Thursday 11 September 2014.

These online events will focus on the Health and Care Professions Council’s registration renewal process and the standards for CPD. It will provide information on how to renew and detailed guidance on CPD activities and evidence.

The presentation will last around 40 minutes, followed by the opportunity to ask representatives from the HCPC questions about registration and CPD (via email).

We will be running two sessions on 11 September 2014:

  • 1.00pm-2.30pm
  • 4.00pm-5.30pm

If you would like to register then please use the link:

Training opportunities

Embedding permanence in practice

  • Are you familiar with Devon’s permanence strategy? How will it affect your practice?
  • What are the elements to consider in planning permanence for a child?
  • What information can you gather that will help the child in later life to understand their history?
  • What does good multi-agency work look like in planning permanence?

These and similar questions are being considered as part of a new workshop being run across the county.

Reminder for social workers

How to register on The College of Social Work website.

HR update – Manager Briefing: performance workforce development and recruitment

This is the third update, this month on performance and workforce development and recruitment activity to share with social work teams.