Keeping Devon’s children safe – April 2014 update

Children’s Social Work, Ofsted improvements, Way We Work group updates and more.

Back copies of staff bulletins:

Dear colleague

In this month’s bulletin we receive the latest update from the Children’s Safeguarding and Improvement Board which includes positive feedback from partners that relationships are strengthening and systems becoming more robust. We also welcome our new Early Help team and gain an overview of the new children’s social work structure.

Overall, it is encouraging to see the commitment being made to improve our processes, with the results beginning to show in a number of key areas. Read more about:

  • Partnership links and MASH
  • Number of children waiting for an assessment
  • Single Assessment Framework
  • Children in care
  • Case audit numbers
  • Feedback from families

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email

Introducing… James McInnes

“As the new Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Skills I have responsibility to work with officers and partners to ensure that children and young people in Devon grow up in a safe, caring environment and that they have every opportunity to reach their full potential in life.

“I know that great work is taking place every day across the county, but it is clear that we can and must achieve more if we are to truly deliver better lives for young people.” James continues…

Update from Children’s Safeguarding Improvement Board

Update from the Children’s Safeguarding and Improvement Board (CIB), with Professor Ray Jones, independent Chair

At the latest meeting of the CIB, it was encouraging to see partners reporting that positive changes are starting to be seen in the system, and that links between them are strengthening.

The new social work structure is being communicated well and is seen to be assisting with partnership working and generally improving stability in the workplace, alongside the introduction of improved relocation packages and market supplements.  Find out more…

Managers’ Performance Meeting feedback

Children’s social care managers met on 1 April 2014 to discuss the progress of the improvement journey, focusing on where we were, where we are and were we need to get to. Read how:

  • in South/Estuary the culture in the service is changing
  • managers felt there was greater team identity
  • the next phase is to embed and stabilise the messages, the learning and changes in practice

Launch of the new Devon Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) website

The new Devon Safeguarding Children Board website, launched earlier this week, contains a wealth of information for anyone in Devon who has responsibility for safeguarding children; including parents, carers, teachers, doctors and volunteers.

There are dedicated sections for children and young people, workers and volunteers and parents and carers that aim to supply information on key issues. The website also has a library where you can download important documents and reports. Email any feedback on the website to the DSCB office.