Keeping Devon’s children safe – December 2014 update

December child protection and social work Ofsted updates, Newsletter Live, Way We Work group, CareFirst, and much more

Back copies of staff bulletins:

Key management messages

Dear colleague

In this month’s bulletin we receive the latest update from the Children’s Safeguarding and Improvement Board which includes good reports about the MASH, the actions and activities taking place to strengthen relationships between social work teams and others involved in safeguarding, the Devon Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) events planned in 2015, and focusing on GPs and Devon CCGs.

May we take this opportunity to wish you a happy and healthy New Year, and to thank you for your continued support, professionalism and hard work.



Newsletter Live

We are introducing a programme of mandatory quarterly updates for all staff starting in January 2015 – Newsletter Live.

An empowering day – our Keeping Devon’s Children Safe conference

Building upon the success of last year’s conference, our event held earlier this month focused on neglect, child sexual abuse and key issues for working with vulnerable children.

 “An empowering day” is how a number of you described this year’s conference.


Exciting news!

Did you know that Devon is going LILAC?

Over three days LILAC will be visiting the Atkinson Unit and meeting with CiCC members, groups of fostered children, foster carers and staff. Find out what you need to do.

Philippa Court

Managing Early Help – Philippa Court

In the New Year, Philippa Court will start a new role as Senior Manager Early Help Provision.

Philippa explains more about  working better together with partners.

Congratulations to Karen – a winner of this year’s College of Social Work election!

Karen Morris, Senior Manager Early Help & Access, will take up her seat in January on the Children and Families Faculty.

Thank you for voting for Karen!

See the full list of names here.

Karen Morris

Exciting and challenging social work careers in Devon

Rosie stars in social work film

What’s it like being a social worker in Devon? What are the challenges? The opportunities?

Watch our short film, starring our very own social workers Rosie and Katrina, to see how we’re transforming social work and how we can help you to make a change, and a difference, here in Devon. (You will need head phones or speakers)

Do you a know a great social worker? Find out more about social work opportunities on our website.

Frustrated at out of date websites?

Website content out-of-date?

You are reminded that your teams have responsibility for the children and families public web pages as well as children’s social work and child protection Source pages.The content belongs to you, so if it’s incorrect or out-of-date – get it changed!

We are currently undertaking a review to remove all outdated information. If you see content on web pages that is inaccurate, or requires deleting, or if you can provide up-to-date content, please contact Sarah Avery or Patrick Jones in the Communications team.

Foster carer awards

Award ceremony celebrates long-serving foster carers in Devon

The annual Carer Celebration Awards took place at County Hall where over 60 carers received a certificate of appreciation. Around 120 people, including many foster children, gathered to recognise the achievements of carers who have given between five and 30+ years of their lives to fostering.

Find out who the longest-serving carers were.