Practice Supervisor Development Programme – Registration now open

The first wave of the Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP) is now open for registration and senior colleagues in local authorities are invited to nominate participants who would benefit from being part of this programme. The PSDP aims to provide high-quality continuous professional development for up to 700 newly-appointed Practice Supervisors. These are social workers taking up their first role in which they are responsible for supporting and developing the practice of others. 

Each local authority across England has been allocated three spaces on the programme, which includes five days of face-to-face teaching delivered regionally, alongside small action learning sets, 1:1 telephone coaching and a programme of self-directed study. A four to six week break between cohort sessions will also allow for reflection and cementing of learning.

Want to return to Children’s Social Work?

Coming back into social work after a break in service can be a challenge – particularly when it comes to getting yourself up to speed on current practice.

With this in mind, the D2N2 Social Work Teaching Partnership, is considering the roll-out of a “Return to Social Work” programme across the two counties – aimed at experienced Children’s social workers who have been out of practice for a few years, and who would like to return.

If you’d like to know more, then visit our Return to Social Work page and participate in our returners' survey – we’d love to hear from you!

Working together to safeguard children – new statutory guidance

The government has recently published two new statutory guidance documents on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children - A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Working Together: transitional guidance - Statutory guidance for Local Safeguarding Children Boards, local authorities, safeguarding partners, child death review partners, and the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Both documents can be downloaded from GOV.UK.

New report from the Children’s Commissioner on the scale of vulnerability among children in England

The report reveals a host of shocking statistics about the number of children living in vulnerable situations:

  • over half a million children so vulnerable that the state has to step in
  • 670,000 children in England growing up in ‘high risk’ family situations
  • thousands of children living with adults in treatment for drink or drugs
  • 800,000 children suffering from mental health difficulties
  • tens of thousands of children involved with gangs
  • over a thousand new child victims of slavery each year
  • many more children under the radar, not being seen. 

Read the report.

Social Work England: secondary legislative framework

The government has published its response to the recent consultation on the policy underpinning draft regulations for the new regulator for the social work profession in England.

Have your say - UK Social Worker: Wellbeing and Stress survey 2018

BASW and SWU are campaigning for improved professional work conditions and are encouraging all social workers to complete this new short survey from Bath Spa University.  The aim of the survey is to investigate your working conditions, and how these conditions may influence your well-being and job satisfaction.

Take the survey

Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence

The Department for Education is consulting about what professionals across education, children’s social care, health and other specialist services are doing to improve the educational outcomes of children in need.  They are asking for information about the support being offered both in and out of school so that these children can achieve their potential.  The consultation is open until 11:45pm on 1 July 2018.

Parental alcohol and drug use: understanding the problem

Public Health England have published a toolkit for local authorities which will be useful for commissioners of children and family services.  It helps commissioners to understand the extent of problem parental alcohol and drug use in their area and how this can impact on children aged between 0 and 18 in the same household.  The toolkit can be customized for your local authority area:

Support for 16 and 17 year olds

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and The Children’s Society have launched a survey on support for 16 and 17 year old children in need and young people’s transitions to adulthood. The survey asks questions about: the support available for 16 and 17 year olds who are subject to a child in need plan or a child protection plan, or receive early help; how the support helps prepare them for adulthood; and changes needed to improve support for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds during transition and into young adulthood. The results of the survey will be shared with the Children in Need review conducted by the Government. It will also inform the development of guidance on supporting vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds that will be developed jointly by The Children’s Society and BASW.

Practice Supervisor Development Programme – Survey launched

Research in Practice has launched a survey seeking views on the CPD needs of Practice Supervisors including the barriers and enablers to accessing CPD and what effective CPD already exists.  This survey will be accompanied by a literature review and a policy review, as well as focus groups.  It may take up to 30 minutes to complete this survey, depending on your role and whether you add to your answers. As an incentive, all survey respondents will be entered into a prize draw and the winner will receive dinner, bed and breakfast for two at the beautiful Dartington Hall in Devon!

More information.

Research in Practice appointed to deliver Practice Supervisor Development Programme

The D2N2 Social Work Teaching Partnership is a proud to be one of the local delivery partners working with the consortium led by Research in Practice to develop and deliver a national Practice Supervisor and Development Programme funded by the Department for Education.

Find out more.

BASW launches new practice guide for working with people suffering hearing loss

The British Association of Social Workers has launched a new practice guide to help social workers to better serve people with hearing problems, available here. The BASW Acquired Hearing Loss Practice Guidance has been produced by a small group of members using research findings, practice wisdom and service user and carer expertise. It contains a range of helpful suggestions of how social workers can help those with acquired hearing loss.

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act – Interim report published

The review was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve. The purpose of the review is to understand the reasons for:

  • rising rates of detention under the Act
  • the disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups detained under the Act
  • processes that are out of step with a modern mental health care system.

The interim report was published on 1 May 2018 and can be downloaded here.

Vulnerable children and social care in England: a review of the evidence

New research from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) examines the state of the children’s social care system in England – bringing together the latest data on children in need, intervention rates, staffing levels and funding provision.  You can read about the research and download the full report here.

Innovative models of health, care and support for adults

The Social Care Institute for Excellence have published this briefing based on research conducted during the spring of 2017 by Nesta, SCIE, Shared Lives Plus and PPL.  The resources are free to download and you can access them here.

Knowledge and skills statements for child and family social work: guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated guidance on the Knowledge and Skills Statement for child and family social workers in line with the consultation response on improvement standards for child and family social workers.

Children in need of help and protection – new data and analysis

The Department for Education have released new data and analysis on children in need which provides the following insights:

  • the characteristics of children in need
  • overlaps with other disadvantages such as special educational needs
  • the experiences of children in need through social care and school
  • outcomes from the early years through education and into adulthood

Find out more.

Are we listening? A review of children and young people’s mental health services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently published the second phase of their independent review of the system of children and young people’s mental health services.  The report draws on evidence gathered from fieldwork in 10 health and wellbeing board areas in England, where the report authors spoke with staff working across these different parts of the system, and to children, young people, parents, families and carers who use their services.  The full report can be found here.

Government outlines strengthened plans to tackle child abuse

This week the government has set out plans to strengthen information sharing between police, social workers and healthcare professionals to tackle child abuse and neglect, and to improve joint working and decision-making.  The Home Office and DfE have responded to a joint consultation, ‘Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect’, which sought views on how to best protect vulnerable children from abuse and neglect in all its forms.  More details can be found here.

Social Work in 40 Objects

Simon Cauvain, Acting Head of Department for Social Work and Health at Nottingham Trent University, has contributed to the ‘Social Work in 40 objects’ project. You can read his contribution here.

2018 refresh of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF)

BASW are currently coordinating a refresh of the PCF with key stakeholders and representative organisations.  The new form sees the PCF Fan – essentially a route map for professional standards and social work career progression – updated to include three new leading principals: Purpose, Practice & Impact.  You can access the new PCF via the following press release

Measuring the wellbeing of children in care

With funding from The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) recently conducted research exploring the measurement of wellbeing of children in care.

The findings of the research are explained in this press release and the full report can be downloaded from the NCB website.

The adult social care workforce in England

The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. The number of people working in care is not meeting the country’s growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing, according to today’s report by the National Audit Office (NAO). 

Read the press release and the full report.

Social work in 40 objects

Biant Singh Suwali, registered social worker for Nottinghamshire County Council, has contributed to the ‘Social Work in 40 objects’ project. More about his contribution.

Mental Health

Earlier this week the Prime Minister made a speech about mental health in which she announced the government’s plans to transform mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities.  Included in the announcements was the delivery of mental health ‘first aid’ training in 1200 secondary schools in the coming year. Following the speech the government’s response to the ‘five year forward plan for mental health’ was published online.  Some of the key points raised around CAMHS include the publication of a new green paper on children’s mental health later this year and a CQC-led thematic review of CAMHS settings, the first of its kind.

Read more

End of Life Care – A Whole Family Perspective from NICE

Early education and children in care

The University of Oxford and Family and Childcare Trust have published a report, which was funded by the Nuffield Foundation, on narrowing the achievement gap between children in care and their peers. There is no published data on access to early education, however, the study found that 89% of LAs hold this information. High quality early education vastly improves outcomes for disadvantaged children and that many local authorities are effectively promoting the educational needs of school-age looked after children but practice is not yet consistent for those under the age of five.

Read more.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse

At the start of this month, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) published a report containing anonymised summaries of the experiences of a number of victims and survivors of childhood abuse and exploitation as part of the Inquiry’s Truth Project. This report includes a number of suggestions for change including the use of restorative approaches, better support for survivors of abuse and mandatory reporting of abuse.

Read more.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Annual report on poverty and social exclusion

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published its annual report monitoring poverty and social exclusion across the UK. The key themes include housing, life chances, work and worklessness. Findings include: 13.5 million people or 21% of the population were living in low-income households in 2014/15; 1.4 million children are in long-term workless households; the number of people in poverty in a working family is 55%. Read more.

Youth Justice Review

The MoJ have now published Charlie Taylor’s review of the youth justice system.

Read more.

Child sexual exploitation: support in children’s homes

A new report examines the support provided to children placed in residential care who have experienced, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation, the approaches used to reduce risks and what has and hasn’t worked.

Read more.

Secure placements for children: how local authorities use them

The DfE has published a new piece of research about the use of secure placements made on ‘welfare’ grounds, in order to prevent children and young people from harming themselves or others. It discusses the purpose of secure care, the decision making process used and the alternatives employed in local areas when a secure placement is unavailable.

Read more.

Government response to Sir Martin Narey’s independent review of residential care

In October 2015 Sir Martin Narey was asked by the then Prime Minister and Secretary of State to review children’s residential care in England.

Sir Martin’s final report, which came out in July, examines the role of residential care within the wider care system and recommends how to improve the outcomes of children and young people living in residential care.

Full government response has been published.

Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Support for young carers

The Children’s Commissioner has published a report focussing on support for young carers in England. Headline findings from this lightening review include:

  • Up to four out of five young carers may not be receiving support
  • Children as young as five are acting as carers
  • Just over a quarter of young carers have additional care needs of their own.

Read more.

Social Work England: secondary legislative framework consultation

Social Work England will be the new professional regulator for social workers in England.  This consultation seeks views on the policy underpinning draft regulations for the new regulator.  The consultation is open until 21 March and can be accessed here.

Recovering from abuse and neglect

This free networking and poster event, organised by the NSPCC and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), showcases research projects they are funding at four universities to study what children and young people need to get back on track after abuse and neglect. The event takes place on 22 March 2018 in London, and you can register for a free place.

Ray Jones confirmed as keynote speaker

Ray Jones has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for our next event 'Moving Forward: Celebrating Progress and Planning for the Future'.  Ray has recently been honoured for his Outstanding Contribution to Social Work at the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017.  You can read more about Ray’s career and contribution to social work in this article by Community Care.

To book your tickets for our 'Moving Forward' event on 14 March, please visit Eventbrite.

Calling all Nottingham students!

Do you see yourself as a future community or political leader? Are you tired of hearing about divisions in society and want to be part of the solution? Would you like to be mentored by an MP? Then apply for ParliaMentors.

ParliaMentors is a UN Award winning leadership programme where teams of university students of different faiths and non-religious beliefs collaborate to create real social change while being mentored by an MP. The programme is fully funded and runs alongside the academic year.  Applications are open to anyone who will be a current student in the 2018/19 academic year at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.

You’ll be joining a network of over 450 emerging leaders who've gone on to be senior civil servants, charity directors and even an MP since graduating.

Applications open on Wednesday 31 January 2018. Register your interest now to be the first to hear when applications officially open. 

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