Keeping Devon’s children safe – July 2015 update

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Keeping Devon’s Children Safe – July 2015

Keeping Devon's Children Safe

Key management messages

Dear colleague

Thank you to those of you who have supported the Head of Service recruitment process so far. Applications to the role of Head of Children’s Social Work have closed.

The recruitment process will continue in due course. In the mean time, Fiona Fitzpatrick, the interim Head of Children’s Social Work will continue in her role, and is committed to staying until new appointments and a smooth handover has been achieved.


Professor Ray Jones

Children’s Safeguarding and Improvement Board (CIB)

The Children’s Improvement Board aims to complete its work in July and is going to transfer to the Devon Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB).

At the latest CIB, Professor Ray Jones, Independent Chair, commented that the child protection system in Devon is in control of itself and that there is increasing stability and good levels of self-awareness. Read July’s update.

Developing our social work academy

The development and implementation of the children’s social work academy continues to expand and grow. The academy model is based on a learning pathway, to provide a clear framework to support professional development.

Full implementation is planned for September 2015, find out more.

Attachment and relationship-based practice training dates

We are pleased to announce the second phase of the Attachment and Relationship Based Practice training (formally known as ADAM). This four day programme is essential learning for staff as the underpinning framework for social work practice in Devon. Book here.

Youth Offending Service inspection update

A ‘Short Quality Screening’ of Devon’s Youth Offending Service was carried out by HMI Probation last month.

Over three days (29 June – 1 July) inspectors looked at 20 recent cases drawn from the statutory caseload, and assessed the quality of the work. Find out more.

Children's social work video
watch video

New film clip made with the help of our children and young people in care

This remarkable animation was created with the help of children and young people in care, who can sometimes feel that they are just part of a huge machine. This short video brings to life that dark and frightening experience and evokes the brighter future that dedicated Social Workers are working to create.

Further information on  #DevonSocialWork


HR update – Manager Briefing: Recruitment

July’s update on performance, workforce development and recruitment activity to share with social work teams.

The College of Social Work

The College for Social Work (TCSW) will formally close by the end of September 2015.

Influencing the next generation of care leavers

Care leaver, Sarah Hubbard grew up in foster care in Devon, and is using her experience to help other care leavers and influence the social care system for young people. (PDF version) Pictured: Sarah, with Cllr James McInnes.


July 2015

Important updates

Lean Review Project closure

 What will happen now?

Way We Work Group

Children’s Way We Work Group (CWWWG)

HP Records Manager

Important message to TRIM users – upgrade and rebrand to HP Records Manager

A major TRIM upgrade is planned to take place from 5pm on  Friday 14  August until 5pm on Sunday 16 August 2015, and the TRIM system will not be available between these times. For social care users, CareFirst will be available as usual.

With this upgrade, HP, the system supplier, is rebranding TRIM. The system will be called HP Records Manager or HPRM. Please follow the instructions here.

Public Health

New emotional health and wellbeing service

The new support service to schools and learning community staff to improve the emotional, psychological and social wellbeing of children and young people.

Resources and Publications


DSCB Training Newsletter

August’s issue includes

  • Child Protection Courses
  • Domestic Violence Training


Learning Curve

Learning Curve

Leadership and Management Learning update including July-October workshops, leadership programme, e-learning, coaching for change and much more.


Research in Practice (RiP)

New RiP resources launched to support evidence-informed practice.

Create an account, if you don’t already have one, to access more polices and guidance on the RiP website.


Are you aware?

Display this poster to stop CSE.

The poster’s message:
‘It is not OK for someone to expect you or your friends to do things you don’t want to’. Listen to your instinct; if it doesn’t feel right – tell someone. #SaySomething

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