Keeping Devon’s children safe – May 2016 update

Key management messages

Dear colleague,

We would like to update you on a two important new developments, namely the new national initiative announced in the Queen’s Speech and two new inspection regimes that focus on partnership working.

New national initiatives announced

  • Children and Social Work Bill
  • Education for All Bill
  • Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding

We will seeks to participate in the discussions around these new initiatives as they progress through the legislative process in parliament, and we will keep you informed as we gain a clearer picture of when these changes will come into force and what they will mean for us.

New inspection regimes looking at partnership working

Two new inspection frameworks have been announced and inspections are now under way.

  • Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI) framework
  • SEND inspection framework.

Kind regards, Jennie and James


Jo Olsson

Jo Olsson’s update on getting caseloads right

“This isn’t just about making sure our frontline staff and managers have the time to do a great job. That is very important.  Equally important is for us to make sure that

  • only the families who need to be in the statutory system, come into it
  • only children who need to be on a plan, are on one
  • only children who need to be in care, come into care

“That isn’t what our practice is like now…” Find out more.

Newsletter Live Summer 2016 – Chronologies, care plans and the social work evidence template

This round of sessions offers you the opportunity to build your learning in the following areas:

  • The purpose of chronologies as an analytical tool to help understand the impact, both immediate and cumulative, of events and changes on the child or young person’s developmental progress
  • The different types of chronologies: for case work/assessment; in care proceedings; in serious case reviews;
  • What a chronology should and should not include and how to make it succinct, relevant and balanced;
  • The purpose of the social care history tool (Fibonacci FDocs) in preparing a chronology;
  •   Introduction to the Social Work Evidence Template and its origins
  • The importance of writing clear, child centred care plans and how to improve skills in this area.

Dates and booking information here.

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Be part of the Alliance – The Children, Young People and Families Alliance 

If you or your organisation works with children and young people, we want you to be part of the Alliance – come along and find out who we are, what we do and how we can all work together.

  • Thursday 30 June 2016, 10.30-3.30pm
  • Cranbrook Education Campus, Tillhouse Road, Cranbrook, EX5 7EE

Reserve your place now!

MOMO update

MOMO new options available – ‘My worker is visiting’

The free Mind of My Own – MOMO app is an easy way for children in care or who have a social worker to tell their worker, or another adult that is working with them, what they are thinking and get things off their chest. For example, to use it before a meeting, to ask for a change or to get a problem sorted. Many young people across the country have found it really helpful to get their views heard.

MOMO has launched some new options including a  visit recording tool called ‘My worker is visiting’. Find out more.

Knowing when to share

Access to records process

The recently updated Access to Records process describes how Business Support administer approved requests to access adults and children’s social care records – from social workers, other local authorities and the public.

Their scope is electronic records in CareFirst/HP records management  (TRIM) and paper records held in social care filing hubs managed by Business Support, which are in Social care office settings across the County. For approved access to information in the Modern Records Unit in Exeter please contact them direct.

Advice on information sharing policy and practice and management of subject access requests, for example, can be obtained from the Information Governance team on 3000 and ask for information Governance, email them or view the Knowing When to Share or Access to Information web pages.

May 2016

Important updates

Attachment and Relationship Based Practice – new training programmes

Places are still available for the revised Attachment and Relationship Based Practice. Book now!

Social Worker of the Year awards

Have you nominated yet? Social Worker of the Year Awards

Who do you want to nominate for the Social Worker of the Year awards?

Entries are now open and nomination forms are on the website and will close on Friday 22 July.

More information online:

CYPN awards 2016

Don’t miss out…

The Children & Young People Now Awards 2016

The search is on for the best work with children, young people and families. Entry Deadline: 1st July 2016. Enter now!

RAMM young people

Successful funding awarded for activity days with young people

After a joint bid with Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) and we have been awarded funding for activity days for young people around the Seaton Down Hoard.


As a corporate parent, Phil Norrey, our Chief Executive, was pleased to choose winners for two pairs of tickets for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Tickets were drawn at random from a list of our care leavers and children in care.

Our lucky  young winners are going to tell us about it all, next issue!

Resources and Publications


Research in Practice (RiP) – our evidence informed practice provision

Following the recent bid for the contract, we are pleased to renew our contract with RiP to provide access to research, practice guidance and learning opportunities that support evidence informed practice and continuing professional development.

Find out what RiP provides and why  ‘Evidence Informed Practice’ is important.  


Training Courses from the Devon Safeguarding Children Board

  • Group 3 core
  • Group 3 refresher
  • Group 4 refresher
  • Group 6

See latest training courses.

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