Key management messages
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.
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.
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 http://devon.cc/sw #DevonSocialWork
HR update – Manager Briefing: Recruitment
July’s update on performance, workforce development and recruitment activity to share with social work teams.
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.