Reflection, recognition and reward | Martin Gray | ADCS

Martin Gray, Chair of the ADCS North East region, writes about celebrating the many achievements of staff in children's services. As we embark on what will undoubtedly be another extremely challenging year, it is more important than ever that we continue to recognise our role in using the power of reflection, recognition and reward as... Continue Reading →

Derby City Council: working with young people to support them ‘to get a life not a service’ | DfE

At Derby City Council we are testing a new innovative way of working with young people 16+ to support them improve their life pathway – ‘to get a life not a service’.  This involves testing an already established and successful approach within our adult social care system locally, to understand its transferability across the rest... Continue Reading →

Research in Practice | New open access briefing on the relationship between contextual, complex and transitional safeguarding

A new briefing note produced by the Contextual Safeguarding Network at the University of Bedfordshire, with Research in Practice and Rochdale Borough Council, outlines what is meant by the terms ‘complex safeguarding’, ‘contextual safeguarding’ and ‘transitional safeguarding’ and how these approaches overlap and complement each other. Read full piece at source: Research in Practice | New open access briefing... Continue Reading →

The Ofsted Interview: ‘Children and families need consistency of social worker’

Underpinned by political and financial investment and a “skilled and motivated workforce”, Barnsley council’s children’s services has secured an across the board rating of ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted inspection towards the end of 2018. Ofsted highlighted the council’s “excellent” workforce stability. The watchdog reported that social workers with high caseloads felt they were able... Continue Reading →

‘Inspirational’ DCS secures top Ofsted rating | Children & Young People Now

  Ofsted has awarded a local authority children's services department an outstanding judgment in recognition of its unrelenting "pursuit of excellence for children". Essex children's services are now "outstanding" Inspectors upped Essex County Council'soverall judgment following an inspection in November 2018, after it found the department to be "good" in 2014. It was rated "inadequate"... Continue Reading →

Children’s services at ‘child-friendly city’ receives ‘outstanding’ rating | Children & Young People Now

Children's services in Leeds has been praised by Ofsted for delivering on its commitment to become a 'child-friendly city'. The inspectorate judged children's services run by Leeds City Council to be "outstanding" for overall effectiveness and in the key areas of leadership and services for children that need help and protection. It was judged "good" for... Continue Reading →

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