Keeping Devon’s children safe – January 2016 update
Key management messages
Best wishes, Jennie and James
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Newsletter Live: February and March
Devon Social Care Academy update
Newsletter Live: New dates in Feb/ March theme is CSE and unconscious bias. (See article above)
ASYEs: A new cohort to started on 11 January. A further cohort will start in April 2016.
Mind the Gap Research: Focus groups to run with NQSWs to examine what gap exists between social work degree programme and the realities of statutory children’s social work.
Evidence Informed Practice Provision: We will be retendering for RiP and CareKnowledge type services. New service will start in May. Anyone interested in feeding into the specification to get in touch.
Attendance and course changes: Continues to be a major issue, the majority of staff don’t give adequate notice of not being able to attend in order for the place to be reallocated. Issues with the online booking systems functionality mean manager oversight of cancellations is difficult and the academy team do not have ‘easy’ access to line manager information.
Attachment and Relationship Based Practice SharePoint site
New SharePoint site to support practice development and collaboration for Attachment and Relationship Based Practice The site contains:
- Film refreshers from David Shemmings (please think of colleagues when viewing in the office – headphones are recommended)
- A list of web based resources – YouTube clips, online guidance
- Local practice examples
- A discussion board where you can post questions and queries
To access the site follow this link:
You’ll initially be presented with the Microsoft ‘Office365’ sign-on screen. Simply identify yourself by entering your full email address where indicated (e.g. ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’). You do not need to enter a password.
We will be developing the overall site to host more practice development materials and welcome any comments or feedback.
Children’s Way We Work Group
Do you have any thoughts on how the way we work could be improved? If so, please email the Children’s Way We Work mailbox with your suggestions:
HP Records Manager (formerly known as TRIM) user guidance
A reminder to use the Children’s Social Care and HPRM guidance page on on the Source. On it you will find instructions on how to access the e-learning module, the HPRM User Quick Guide, (designed to be printed off for reference), and a collection of other manuals and guides which will be updated where necessary.
For assistance, please contact your local Business Support.
For comments and suggestions on guidance content – not for system user guidance itself – please contact Information Governance.
Updates have been made to the case closure process, full details are here.
Team Managers: A W2 Closure Record Form must be used in all cases. The W2 Closure Record Form will be added to CareFirst. Read guidance.
Paper client file tracking
Following the visit by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in 2014, areas where data security could be improved were highlighted. This included knowing precisely where social care paper files were held or stored at any time. The list of all our paper file store locations was incomplete, some client service groups were not represented at all, and some data in Care First was either missing or inaccurate. Read guidance.
Placement Request Form (K1) – update
We need your help! If you are interested in testing the new Placement Request form (K1) for CareFirst – please contact Lance Feldman or Vinnie Grist on email@example.com or Vinnie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is your opportunity to improve outcomes for children and young people by improving placement request information. Let Lance or Vinnie have your expression of interest by Friday 5 February 2016.
Do you want to know more about adoption?
Do you have an adoption case?
The Adoption Team is running training workshops especially designed for new Children’s Social Workers, ASYE and newly qualified/appointed social workers. Book now!
Resources and Publications
The Devon Children and Families Procedures Manual has been updated
It can be accessed via this Tri.x link.
You can register to be alerted for updates.
The new process for requesting CareFirst records to be ‘locked down’ via CareSecure went live in October. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the practice guidance for raising a CareSecure request, which is located on Tri.X.
SCIE’s Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Directory
The MCA Directory helps to raise awareness about the MCA, including the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. You will find useful information and various tools to help understand or implement it. There is material here for people who may be subject to the Act’s provisions, and for professionals from a range of backgrounds.
Modern Slavery 2016
It’s closer than you think
Informative films will be shown on the hour, every hour on Monday 22 February and Monday 7 March in the Coaver Conference room, County Hall. View poster
Virtual School meetings and website
Virtual school website with contact names and numbers.
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