Keeping Devon’s children safe – August 2016 update
Key management messages
Domestic Abuse is the new deep-dive theme for the Joint Targets Area Inspection
In February 2016 a new inspection framework – the Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI) framework – was launched and inspections are now under way.
The inspections have a specific ‘deep dive’ focus which will change every six months. From September 2016 onwards the theme will be Domestic Abuse. The first ‘deep dive’ theme which ran from February to July 2016 was child sexual exploitation and children missing from home, care and education. A thematic overview report pulling together the key learning in relation to the CSE will be published in August.
A big thank you to everybody who has completed or updated their entry over the last few weeks following previous communications – the number of full entries has more than doubled. Please could you now take a minute or two and update your Staff Directory entry again as soon as possible – including agency staff – to add one of the new service unit options which more accurately reflect the current organisational structure – follow the steps below :
Your co-operation is appreciated.
Kind regards, Jennie and James
Improving our services to care leavers through the New Belongings Project
Congratulations – we have received more MOMO statements than ever!
Booking an audio conference?
Data Protection E Learning
It is vital that all employees understand their obligations under the Data Protection Act when handling personal data. It is a requirement that everybody completes the Council’s Data Protection E- learning module if they have not done so already. Line managers are responsible for ensuring that any new starters complete the module as soon as possible. Evidence of completing this training is a requirement when making an application for a secure – GCSX – email account. Queries about the content only should be sent to the Information Governance Team.
The Information Governance Team has published a large amount of information about effective information sharing on the public website. This is based on government guidance and includes checklists you can follow to help you decide when and how to share sensitive information. Please contact the team for further advice.
HP Records Manager E learning
You are reminded that there is an HP RM (was TRIM) e learning module available which you can access to refresh your memory about key features at any time. Remember: you can view client records in HP RM via the Records Manager Documents button in CareFirst.
Reminder: Take time over the summer to keep yourself up-to-date
Keeping your information accurate and informative helps both you, your team, your colleagues and our organisation. Your co-operation is appreciated.
Care Leavers – enhanced service provision through better data collection
In order to improve our services to young people and adults that have Care Leavers status, changes have been made to the CareFirst:
Tri.x – Devon’s Children and Families procedure manual – update
We encourage all social care staff to take a moment to look at the site which contains policy and guidance on all aspects of children’s social care and includes useful links to back up your practice with research.
Serious Case Reviews website
Research in Practice, working with the research teams at UEA and Warwick University, has launched a new open access website – Serious Case Reviews – to support the application of learning in practice from Pathways to harm, pathways to protection: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011-2014. Published by the Department for Education.
Resources and Publications
Attachment Based Mentoring: Free Training and Supervision for school-based professionals
The Educational Psychology Service and the Behaviour Support Service have developed a model of mentoring which is particularly appropriate for children in care.
The free training is open to all primary and secondary school-based professionals.
Working with parents with a learning disability
Plymouth Parent Advocacy Project is offering unlimited places on its free training (one-day learning opportunity). The day aims to identify best practice when engaging and communicating with parents with a learning disability.
Events and courses from the Devon Safeguarding Children Board
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