Key management messages
In September 2014 members of the Devon Children in Care Council reviewed ‘Our Pledge’ to Children in Care and presented this to officers and the Lead Member at the Corporate Parenting Forum in October 2014. During half term in February 2015 a group of children in care participated in a graffiti workshop where they designed a new logo and promotional material to promote the Pledge and the promises contained within it.
Our Pledge to Children in Care is our 15 promises setting out what children and young people in care can expect from their corporate parents
Please look out for the new poster throughout our buildings and on the council website as a visible reminder of the Corporate Parenting promise.
And, just to remind you, that the final Ofsted report will be published on 12 May 2015, following our recent inspection, and we will keep you informed of the outcome.
Newsletter Live – have you booked a place yet?
Reminder to all social care staff to book your place on Newsletter Live – our programme of essential half day training. The May/ June sessions will focus on The Mental Capacity Act; Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards; The Care Act and its implications for children’s social care.
14 sessions will be held across the county during May and June, find out how to book.
Working Together to Safeguard children (2015)
View the presentation summary of the revisions made, including the headlines. The four new and revised pieces of child protection advice and guidance are:
The chapters can be accessed on the website.
MOMO app training – an advocate in your pocket
MOMO helps young people to express their views to their care team. Whether they are in care, or not, they can use it to prepare for meetings, request a change to their care or to ask for a problem to be sorted.
Training on how to use this app is coming soon to teams. It is crucial to your role that you understand how this app works so that you can support children and carers in accessing the app, explaining how it works and ensuring young people are able to contribute their views.
Vulnerable Children’s Panel
A new ‘Vulnerable Children’s Panel’ has been developed. Find out more, including the Terms of Reference and referral form example.
The Virtual School update
All children and young people in the care of Devon Local Authority and those in the care of other authorities who are living and attending schools in Devon belong to The Virtual School as well as their mainstream school, wherever they are placed.
Find out more with our update for children’s social workers.
HR update – Manager Briefing: Recruitment
Providing a monthly update on performance and recruitment activity to share with social work teams.