Key management messages
In March 2105, Ofsted completed an inspection of services for children in need of help and protection; children who are looked after; and care leavers in Devon. The report was published on 12 May 2015 with an overall judgement that children’s services now ‘require improvement’.
The inspection report said that the quality of work with children and families and outcomes for children and young people have improved, particularly over the last six months, and that the welfare of looked after children is safeguarded and promoted. But significant areas remain where practice is not yet good enough and overall we are not yet delivering the “good” protection, help and care for children, young people and families that we wish and are expected to achieve. The key areas for improvement were identified, and in response to this we developed the Devon Children’s Improvement Plan.
Here, we update you with progress against the expected outcomes for September 2015.
Managing allegations against adults who work with children
The procedures for ‘Managing Allegations Against Adults Who Work With Children’, which is overseen by our Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs) has been updated and is now available on Tri.X. Find out what the procedures cover.
Early Help privacy notice
As part of the expanded troubled families programmewe have a legal requirement to inform people about how their information might be shared.
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Young carers and early help
Early Help support for young carers can help to reduce the impact of their caring responsibilities on their social, emotional and mental welfare. Questions that workers could consider asking around young carers are included here.
Reminder to book on Newsletter Live
This training offers colleagues the opportunity to keep up to date on developments across the service, and non-attendance should be the exception rather than the rule. The topics to be covered this Autumn are:
- Special Guardianship: this will be the main focus of the 3 hour session, examining principles, policy, and to update on the new SG team.
- The Modern Slavery Act 2015: an update on this new legislation for staff, which encompasses previous Human Trafficking legislation, and therefore essential knowledge regarding Child Sexual Exploitation.
Dates with significant availability are:
Tuesday 20 October – Westbank Healthy Living Centre, Exminster
Thursday 5 November – Westbank HLC, Exminster
Thursday 12 November – Cullompton Community Centre
Tuesday 17 November – Newton Abbot Racecourse
To book your place please follow this link
New work experience programme for care leavers in the Academy of Social Care
Issac Davies (pictured) and Marley Hall, two care leavers, started a work experience programme with our Academy of Social Care. This is a brand new programme, which provides an opportunity for young people to gain skills and knowledge in the social care sector. The aim is to provide real work activities for up to 12 months. Read their first impressions.
How our young people and children in care are participating
And read how the Participation Team are involving young people (including Marley and Issac) in the latest news from the Team. The update covers the interview for the Head of Children’s Social Care panel, Stand Up Speak Up Youth Clubs; Children in Care Council Meetings; and activity days for young people.
Devon’s Youth Parliament is making it’s mark
Devon’s Youth Parliament hasbeen working very hard over the last few months on both their local campaigns and the national Make Your Mark campaign. Members of Youth Parliament and its deputies surveyed over 560 young people in their communities in order to discover their views on transport, disabilities and extra curricular activities to inform their local campaigns. Results were striking.
New Senior Manager – Fostering and Adoption
Rachel Gillott has been successful in gaining a permanent appointment to the Senior Manager Fostering and Adoption post – and this will ensure that all senior managers are permanent. This will assist with continuing improvement plan and ensure permanence and stability of leadership of the services.
Rachel has led the adoption service to achieve ‘good with outstanding features’ in our recent inspection. Rachel looks forward to taking up her new role and will start soon. Rachel will be responsible for fostering, adoption and corporate parenting.
Pictured: (left) Alison Barker – Service Manager (Permanency & Placement Service) Children, Young People and Families Services Plymouth City Council, (middle) Anne Osborne – Head of Service for (CYPIC) Children, Young People and Families Services Plymouth City Council, and (right) Caroline Davis – Chief Executive Officer Families for Children (Rachel Gillott pictured in above bulletin article, not present for this photo)