News & Events
We offer a range of events and workshops for the social work workforce across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, including some which are aimed at particular groups such as managers, practice educators and students. All our events are free to attend.
Unity Project - Access Denied: The cost of ‘no recourse to public funds policy’
The Unity Project in Islington has published a report examining the disproportionate effects of ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) policy on women, low-income families, people with disabilities, and black and minority ethnic British children. The report makes a series of recommendations regarding NRPF policy. Find out more about the Unity Project [PDF].
Homelessness - Duty to Refer Guide
The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 introduced a new ‘duty to refer’. The duty seeks to ensure that people who face the threat of homelessness are identified earlier and referred for help. Under the Act, certain public authorities, including children’s social care services, must refer within 56 days to a local housing authority of their choice, any user of their service they believe is homeless, or threatened with homelessness. Before a referral, the service user must give their consent and be willing to share their contact details with the local housing authority. View the guide on the new duty.
British Medical Journal - Poverty
Research published in the British Medical Journal this week suggests that persistent poverty affects one in five children living in the UK and is associated with poor physical and mental health in early adolescence.
Home Office - Forced marriage
The Home Office’s Forced Marriage Unit has recently published statistics [PDF] which show that 17.7% of cases reported to the Unit in 2018 involved children aged 15 or younger and 14.9% of cases involved 16 or 17 year olds.
Children in Need Review - report published
The Children in Need Review final report was launched on 17 June by the Secretary of State for Education. The report sets out the government’s approach to improving the educational outcomes of children in need.
The report finds that at least 1.6m children have needed a social worker between 2012/13 and 2017/18 (either on a child in need plan, child protection plan or as a looked after child) – equivalent to 1 in 10 of all children in 2018 having ever needed a social worker.
The new accompanying data and analysis shows that children who have needed a social worker do significantly worse than others at all stages of education and that poor educational outcomes persist even after social work involvement ends.
The full report gives more details on how it affects your area of work.
National Assessment and Accreditation System
“My feeling was that if I engaged with the national assessment and accreditation system (NAAS) and gave it a try, I might be able to influence how it looks for other social workers in the future.” This social worker is one of over 400 who have taken this opportunity and been assessed under the national assessment and accreditation system for child and family practitioners and practice supervisors. There are 350 other social workers who are practice endorsed and ready to take the assessment.
NAAS has been created to deliver a national benchmark of good practice and provide more vulnerable children and families access to expert, high quality support and protection. It also allows social workers to demonstrate expertise against the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS), develop their career and remain at the forefront of best practice, while employers can embed the KSS and provide targeted training and growing workforce capability. These benefits are being recognised by those who so far have taken the assessment.
Social workers and NAAS leads are now able to access an online toolkit to help them ensure that the assessment allows them to demonstrate their skills to the best of their abilities. Find out whether your employer is involved in NAAS and whether you can take the assessment.
Strengths-based social work: practice framework and handbook
The Department of Health and Social Care has developed a strengths-based practice framework and a supporting handbook showing what strengths-based practice is and how it fits with the law.
The framework and handbook support social workers and social care professionals in applying a strengths-based approach to their work with adults.
Developing Productive Partnerships - Working with Communities to Support Excellence in Social Work
- are you a community-based charity?
- do you support children, young people, or adults?
- would you like to promote the work you do?
We're running an event in early July where we hope to bring together a range of voluntary and independent service providers – allowing them to:
- showcase their work
- tell us about the impact of what they do
- provide a broad service user profile
- explain their referral process and criteria
- engage with trainee and more experienced social workers
If you’d like to get involved, please contact us.
New post-qualifying standard for social work practice supervisors in adult services has arrived
The Adult social work post-qualifying standards: knowledge and skills statement has now been published by the Department of Health and Social Care. This statement will support the professional development of supervisors and ensure that, by having a national standard, supervisor skills and development programmes are applied consistently. Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo, has written a short blog post announcing the publication of the statement.
Advanced Practitioner Workshops
The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Social Work is offering four workshops between November 2018 and March 2019. These are designed for social workers and other professionals in social care settings, and aim to bring the latest practice-relevant academic theory and research to a practitioner audience. Each workshop will last for 2.5 hours, will be delivered by a leading academic, and will offer opportunities for interaction and discussion.
Decision-making and mental capacity
NICE has published a new guideline covering decision-making in people 16 years and over who may lack capacity now or in the future. It aims to help health and social care practitioners support people to make their own decisions where they have the capacity to do so, and helps to keep people who lack capacity at the centre of the decision-making process.
Born into care: Study uncovers scale of newborn babies in care proceedings in England
Between 2007/8 and 2016/17, 16,849 babies under one week old were subjects of local authority care proceedings in England, according to a new study from the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University and the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory:
Social care in prisons in England and Wales
A report by the Care Quality Commission has found that care for elderly and disabled prisoners is inconsistent and the lack of planning for an ageing population is a serious defect:
Care proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water
This policy briefing by Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families (Supported by professor Sue White, Calum Webband Dr Jadwiga T Leigh, University of Sheffield) highlights the findings from an exploratory study of care proceedings in 4 local authorities across England.
It argues that cases where the decision to remove a child from their parents could "go either way" should be diverted away from court in order to ease pressure on the care system. There should be clear blue water between children brought into care proceedings and other children considered to be at risk of significant harm.
It also calls for government to launch a national programme of work to identify the best ways of supporting families with children on the edge of care, and provide funding to councils that are struggling to keep children safe in the community.
Realistic Positivity Report
Realistic Positivity by the National Children’s Bureau sheds light on the experiences of adoptive parents, and highlights the difficulty that professionals face in recognising, understanding and responding to the additional needs of young children placed for adoption. There is also a Practice Briefing aimed at adoption practitioners and others working with adopted children and their families, including those with strategic and operational responsibility for services, which is available on our Resources page.
The Good Childhood Report 2018
The Good Childhood Report 2018, produced by the Children’s Society in partnership with the University of York, is the seventh in a series of annual reports about how children in the UK feel about their lives. This report reveals that children are struggling with their identity and alarming numbers are self-harming. Pressure to fit in is making children unhappy – from how they look, to their sexuality, to how boys and girls must behave. Twice as many girls are self-harming as boys, and almost half of children attracted to the same or both genders self-harm.
Children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour
The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse has published key messages from research on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). The research looks at:
- what is known about children and young people who display HSB
- HSB and the internet
- effective assessment of children and young people displaying HSB
- effective interventions
- preventative approaches.
Therapeutic interventions after abuse and neglect
NICE has published a quick guide [PDF] for practitioners and managers to support abused and neglected children, young people and their families. The guidance includes age appropriate evidence - based interventions to consider when working with children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect as well as principles to consider.
Transforming Children and young people's mental health provision
The Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education recently held a public consultation on ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper’. The government have now published their response to the consultation setting out what they heard and the next steps for implementing the green paper’s proposals. Access the original consultation and the government's response.
Children's Social Care data in England 2017-2018
Ofsted has published its latest annual report on social care inspections and outcomes for local authorities and regulated social care provisions. This data will be used for policy development; enhancing insight into the sector; and contributing to the reviews of inspection frameworks.