Key management messages
At the recent Ofsted Delivery Improvement Group (DIG) a number of issues were discussed, including preparations for the imminent Ofsted inspection of all Devon County Council’s services for children, young people and their families.
Find out more in this bulletin about our progess following the Lean Review especially improvements to CareFirst , all designed to help you do your job more efficiently.
And, as we approach the festive season, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support, professionalism and hard work.
Ofsted Delivery Improvement Group (DIG)
At our last DIG meeting, the Group discussed
- Early Help, including the Children and Young People’s Alliance and Holistix web-based system which supports the Devon Assessment Framework (DAF)
- Lean Review, including CareFirst forms
- Oracle self-service, espcially managers
- preparing for Ofsted inspection.
Update from Children’s Safeguarding Improvement Board (CIB)
At the last CIB, independent Chair Professor Ray Jones, acknowledged that everyone is very busy and recognised the continuing hard work of staff across children’s services.
The update includes:
- communication and networking
- feedback from the recent LGA Peer Review of Children’s Safeguarding
- the Children and Young People’s Alliance
- emotional well-being service.
Advocacy referral process update
Find out more about the advocacy services available to children and young people, and how to make referrals to them.
Step Down practice guidance
For use by social care staff when it is considered a case could be closed to childrens social work and supported through multi agency arrangements under a Devon Assessment Framework (DAF) or Early Help.
Read the guidance.
Child sexual exploitation – national and local update
Our Corprate Leadership Team (CLT) recently received an update from Fiona Fitzpatrick on both national and local safeguarding issues around child sexual exploitation.
Domestic Violence and Abuse Pathway for Victims
Do you know about Devon’s current local CAADA-DASH RIC risk thresholds, and referreals? Do you need further training? If you are concerned about an adult (aged 16+) who is affected by domestic abuse find out what to do
Early Help Training
We are pleased to let you know that we have a range of new Early Help e-learning and face-to-face training opportunities available, suitable for anyone working with children. It is free to take part and professionals can complete the course at any time that is convenient.
Read more on our the Devon Safeguarding Children (DSCB) website. And read the latest DSCB newsletter
Help us to find you – the success of our staff directory depends on what you put into it…
Our staff directory is only as good as the information we feed it so it’s important to keep your profile information as accurate as possible.
The control is yours, the responsibility is yours (PDF version)
HR update – Manager Briefing: Recruitment
An update on performance, workforce development and recruitment. This month’s briefing includes recruitment, professional practice, supervision, Oracle Self Service pilot, Learning & Development and Manager Standards.
Vote for Karen!
Karen Morris, Senior Manager Early Help & Access, is standing for election to become a Children and Families Faculty Member on The College of Social Work. She needs your support!
Giving children the chance to grow
November has been a month of celebrations for our Devon Adoption team who recently won a major industry award as part of National Adoption Week 2014. Not only were our local adopters featured on BBC Spotlight, local radio and press but following this, Devon Adoption’s Operations Manager, Rachel Gillott, was approached by The Guardian. Rachel’s article expanded on the team’s ‘Life Story’ work and journey of the child.
What support would make a difference to the wellbeing of children and young people?
Our Public Health and Youth teams are asking children, young people and parents/carers about what support would make a difference to children and young people’s emotional, psychological and social wellbeing.
By completing this short questionnaire they want to find out what things affect children and young people’s ability to feel well. And find out what help and support there is for when things do not feel great.
Please complete and pass on the questionnaire. The deadline is Friday 5 December.