Keeping Devon’s children safe – January 2015 update
January child protection and social work Ofsted updates, Peer Review, Newsletter Live, Way We Work group updates, Lean Review, CareFirst, and much more
Back copies of staff bulletins:
- 29 January 2015
- 18 December 2014
- 28 November 2014
- 31 October 2014
- 24 September 2014
- 20 August 2014
- 18 July 2014
- 18 June 2014
- 13 May 2014
- 11 April 2014
- 5 March 2014
- 29 January 2014
- 13 December 2013
- 19 December 2013
Key management messages
As a follow-up exercise to the LGA Peer Review of children’s safeguarding, which took place in October last year, a further focused Peer Review will take place between 18-20 February 2015. This will be led by Andrew Ireland, Director of Children’s Services, Kent County Council.
Please be aware that some of you may be contacted to be interviewed or attend a meeting. If you are requested to meet with the team, please do everything you can to attend as this is an important part of our improvement journey.
Also, many thanks to all of you that have completed both the Social Work Workforce Staff Survey and the Section 11 Survey. It would be very much appreciated if all social work team members would complete both surveys to ensure the feedback we receive reflects the views of the social work population:
Social Work Workforce Survey 2015 – https://services.devon.gov.uk/web/dcc-surveys/swwsurvey2015
Section 11 Survey – http://www.plus4.co.uk/safeguarding/
Ofsted Delivery Improvement Group (DIG)
At our last DIG meeting, the Group discussed
Locality meetings for social workers
Got a burning question for Fiona or Debs? Locality meetings give people in the children’s social work team a chance to ask Fiona Fitzpatrick (interim Head of Children’s Social Work Service and Child Protection) and Debs Barlow (Principle Social Worker) any questions. The schedules below outline the 2015 dates of the meetings in each locality:
and you can go to any of the meetings.
Important Children’s Way We Work updates
Lean Review progress- updated CareFirst visit forms
The Task and Finish Group reviewing the CareFirst Visit forms have concluded their work and the forms go live on 30 January. The new format places greater emphasis on the worker’s summary and analysis of the visit, as well as greater focus on the child’s views and experience.
Legal status and placement codes for Children in Care including those with respite care packages – CareFirst recording
Update on Advocacy referrals to NYAS
Find out changes have been agreed with NYAS.
Further to the article last month, secure email is currently being rolled out to all children’s social workers.
Family friendly version of the single assessment
The “parent” version of the Single Assessment is now fit for purpose, and the letters (including reference step down to early help) have been loaded to Fdocs.
Risk 1 Supervision tool
The Risk1 form now available as a Fibonacci document, see link to guidance here.
Child Sexual Exploitation referrals
The REACH Team (Reducing Exploitation and Absence from Care or Home) provide specialist child sexual exploitation interventions, and support for young people who have been reported missing or absent.
Find out how to reach the REACH Team – and what form to use.
ADAM Project – FAQs
We are very excited to be launching the Assessment of Disorganised Attachment and Maltreatment (ADAM) workforce development programme for Children’s Social Care in Devon.
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