Keeping Devon’s children safe – August 2014 update

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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 – there is a Local Government Association Peer Review that will take place 13-17 October 2014 to provide a further independent assessment of progress made and areas for improvement.

And we include the recent letter to teams from Fiona Fitzpatrick, Interim Head Children’s Social Work and Child Protection.

Don’t forget that Fiona has set up a new mailbox called Principal Social Work – Mailbox if you have anything you would like to raise with Fiona or the Senior Management Team.


Update from Children’s Safeguarding Improvement Board

The CIB discussed the following at the July meeting, with Professor Ray Jones, independent Chair:

  • Emotional, Psychological and Social Wellbeing
  • LGA Peer Review
  • ICT
  • Workforce stability

Read more in the CIB update.

Professor Ray Jones stated that while it is recognised that progress is being made, he expects to see data trends showing more improvement by October.

Ray also acknowledged the considerable achievements of the Devon Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB), with real momentum behind their work. In particular he praised progress being made by the Board in getting out and about and establishing contact between agencies, and in developing sub-groups. Keep up-to-date with current news in the DSCB newsletter.

Ray also noted how across the county social workers and others were very busy in supporting families and protecting children, and that this echoed the national picture of increases in child protection work over the past five years.

Know a great social worker?

£1000 could be yours…

Do you know a qualified and experienced children’s or adult’s social workers or AMHP who like to work for DCC?  Refer them through this scheme, and your referee is appointed, you’ll get a one-off payment of £1,000 !

Recruiting to children’s social work has become increasingly challenging over the years, and having a sufficient workforce is a key part of our strategy for the future.

To find out more information about the scheme and to access a referral form visit the refer a friend pages.

Register of health and care professionals

Don’t forget that HCPC re-registrationis fast approaching. Renewals for social workers in England opens on 1st September and closes on 30 November. The HCPC will be running free registration renewal and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) webinars on Thursday 11 September 2014.


Managers’ workforce development briefing

In this month’s briefing, actions include:

  • Siblings – together or apart, two day training
  • Learning framework
  • Assessed and Supported Year in Employment.

And don’t forget OM, TM and ATM actions, feedback and ideas.

Working ’2gether’ for young families

Over 2600 two year-olds in Devon are either now entitled to, or will be from September, up to 15 hours of free Early Learning and Childcare per week.

To qualify a parent/carer must be receiving one of several eligible benefits, which include income support, job seekers allowance and some with child tax credit. Our Children in Care are also eligible. Find out more…