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    New DP1

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    Knowing when we can share information, and making sure children and parents are giving informed consent for us to receive and share information is one of the most important parts of our work. Communication between professionals and family members is essential in keeping children safe and well looked after. To ensure we are doing this correctly, a new DP1 has been devised for parents and there is also one for young people. The guidance for using these forms can be found here. The new form will need to be completed with each parent/carer and each young person (depending on age and understanding). Two copies will need to be signed to ensure we leave a copy and take a copy which can then be scanned and added to the child’s Carefirst record. A new form should be signed every 2 years or when there is a change of circumstances, as well as every time we open a new case. Please ensure you have photocopied forms to give to all workers completing home visits. They should also take information about compliments and complaints, and information about themselves including contact numbers and why they are involved. An example can be found here but feel free to adapt to make them unique to you as a worker. Hard copies of the Compliments & Complaints form are available on request.


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    Recording S47 Outcomes

    A new form to record what has happened during child protection investigations will go active in Carefirst in a few weeks. Last time Ofsted were here, we were criticised about this aspect of practice. The new form will provide practitioners with the opportunity to provide a short overview of the investigation, including the outcome of any paediatric assessment, before completing their social work assessment. The new form will incorporate the record of ABE where one has taken place. The S47 outcome form will also pull through to your social work assessment to prevent duplication. More guidance will follow when the form goes live.


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    Looked after Children Protocol launched

    A new protocol has been launched to encourage the use of restorative approaches and minimal police involvement for low-level incidents concerning children in care.

    The Looked after Children (LAC) Protocol adopted by police and children’s services, provides a framework for officers and care home staff to ensure a fair and consistent approach is used when dealing with behavior issues and incidents to reduce the criminalisation and reoffending of young people in care.

    Children in care are significantly over-represented in the youth justice system – they are six times more likely to be cautioned or convicted for an offence than other children.

    A large number of children are in the care system as a result of neglect and abuse, which can have a significant impact on their wellbeing and life chances.

    The protocol outlines expected roles and responsibilities of foster and care workers, thresholds for incidents where police attendance is required, how incidents should be dealt with and recorded and how this information should be shared.

Julie Wvendth

Detective Superintendent Julie Wvendth, Head of Safeguarding at Norfolk Constabulary, said: “Children in care are some of the most vulnerable we come into contact with and they can often suffer complex behaviour issues as a result of the abuse or neglect suffered previously.

“It is therefore crucial early support and any subsequent intervention by police is approached in a fair and consistent way, which takes into consideration the bigger picture such as their life circumstances and associated vulnerabilities.

“It is fair to say police will be called to incidents within care settings, which if replicated in the family home environment, would not generally come to the attention of police. Consequently, care home staff will be receiving training in restorative approaches, giving them the confidence to deal with situations and address unacceptable behavior. Restorative approaches should always be considered by officers dealing with any potential offences; prosecution, depending on the nature and seriousness of the offence, should be a last resort.”


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Social Worker Apprenticeships

Norfolk is leading the design and development of a Degree level Social Work apprenticeship.  An Apprenticeship is a job with learning integrated into it, both on and off the job, so will provide a new route for people to join the profession.

Jane Hanrahan

Norfolk is leading the design and development of a Degree level Social Work apprenticeship.  An Apprenticeship is a job with learning integrated into it, both on and off the job, so will provide a new route for people to join the profession.

Employers and universities from across England are currently involved in designing the apprenticeship ‘standard’ with us and agreeing how it will be assessed.  This work will need to be approved by the HCPC and Institute for Apprenticeships. Universities will then design new degree courses that are planned to be open from October 2018. Funding for the courses will be via the Apprenticeship Levy, so apprentices will not need to fund fees themselves.

It is expected that it will typically take 36 months to complete the Social work apprenticeship. Apprentice social workers would be paid from day one, and undergo a mixture of on-and off-the-job training. At least 20% of an apprenticeship should be off-the-job training, how this is completed will be decided with our learning provider.

After an assessment at the end of the apprenticeship, trainees would gain a university degree and attain the same professional status as social workers who qualify through other routes.

Once the apprenticeship standard has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships we will be working with Children’s Services and Adult Social Services to agree how to implement them in Norfolk. 

Jane Hanrahan, Learning and Development Manager


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Systemic supervision

Just a reminder for managers to book onto the Systemic Supervision training, via the Learning Hub.

Team Around the Child Conference 2017

The conference this year builds on the work on trauma at last year’s conference. The theme is Therapeutic Re-parenting, what it is and tips on how to do it.  There will also be a section on blocked care, acknowledging the impact that the difficult role of foster carers can have.

The key note speaker is Sarah Naish, well known for her work on therapeutic re-parenting. Sarah is an ex Social Worker, and the parent to 5 adopted siblings, who taught her what it was like to live with children with an attachment disorder, and how to be a therapeutic parent. As a Therapeutic Parent Sarah has learned the importance of routines and boundaries, never being vague, being 100% reliable, as well as the necessity to always be thinking outside the box and about the effects of the children's early missed nurture. She also learnt, and now teaches all about how the children need a different kind of parenting. Sarah runs her own Training Group, Inspire Training, which teaches foster carers and other professionals about therapeutic parenting.  She has also written books for professionals and children about parenting.

Information about the Conference

Date:  Tuesday 21st November 2017

Time:  10.00 – 3.00pm

Marketplace:  Available from 9.00am

Venue:  John Innes Centre in Norwich, with easy access from the A47, and plenty of parking. 

How to book.

Click here to be taken to an easy to use online booking system.  You will receive a confirmation of your booking. If you have any queries please email hrld@norfolk.gov.uk


SNTP

The Suffolk & Norfolk Teaching Partnership provides a range of opportunities for social workers to share and enhance their skills and knowledge while influencing the development of social work education and practice.

If you are interested in getting involved in any of the following areas, we would love to hear from you:

* Sharing your knowledge and experience through teaching in seminars, workshops or lectures

* Contributing to admissions for potential social work students (e.g. interviewing or assessing group exercises)

* Contributing to the development of the social work qualifying curriculum

* Supporting academic staff to have time in practice

* Supporting social work students on placement

* Contributing to the development of the continuing professional development offer and career pathway for social workers

Training and support will be provided (for example, we are currently developing workshops on teaching skills). To express an interest in getting involved or finding out more, please click HERE and complete the form to provide a few brief details about yourself. Completing the form does not require any commitment at this stage, is it just an expression of interest. Further information will be provided in terms of time commitments, training and support opportunities, etc., depending on what areas you are interested in.


Best Practice Champions

The next Best Practice Champions meeting is on Tuesday 3rd October from 10 – 12, in the Colman Room at County Hall, where they will be talking about opportunities for staff in the Teaching Partnership, looking at research, and recent developments in practice.  If anyone is interested in finding out more or in becoming a Best Practice champion, please email Lizzie Hills.  


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  • SW apprenticeships
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  • SofS refresher sessions
  • NSCB training
  • Contact numbers for allocated cases
  • Preparing for Ofsted
  • Guidance on using social media
  • MoJ & resolving disputes
  • Focus on CSE
  • Best Practice Champions

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SofS

Don’t forget to sign up to these Refresher sessions taking place in September & October in three locations across the county. These will provide an opportunity to refresh your learning, view the redesigned foundation training, discuss any support needs you may have, as well as how to support others in their development. Dates, venues and booking information can be found on the Learning Hub, simply search ‘SofS Refresher’.

PLEASE NOTE:

The session originally booked for the 10 October has now been changed to the 16 October 2017. Venue and timings remain unchanged. Feel free to contact us if you have any queries.

  


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Safeguarding Children Training Best Practice Event

The Safeguarding Children Training Best Practice Event is taking place on 6th December in Cringleford. This event will be for individuals who are designing and delivering Safeguarding Children Training within their organisations.

‘Childhood Sexual Abuse – helping you to respond’

A two day conference for practitioners, managers and front line staff who are not specialists in childhood sexual abuse – to give them the confidence to tackle the issue. Taking place 13 & 14 November 2017 at Dunston Hall Hotel, Norwich.

Check the NSCB website for further information.


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Contact numbers for allocated cases

A piece of work has been carried out which has shown that the Customer Service Centre wastes £5,000 per year answering calls on cases where there is an allocated team or worker. 

Where cases are allocated to a team, the person should be given the team’s duty number for calls, or the number of the allocated worker once the case is allocated.  Teams are reminded to please ensure that the duty number is given to people once they are allocated to the team.  The CSC number should not be used as a switchboard for allocated cases.


Preparing

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Top tips

Just remember these hints & tips for a successful inspection experience...

Do’s for your work space

* Prepare your environment

* Posters, leaflets, contact details are up to date

* Answer ringing telephones

* Make sure everyone knows who to expect and when

* Have your locality information and community information up to date and ready to share with the inspectors on arrival e.g. who’s who in the locality, team make up

* Do keep your work space tidy – remember to lock your screens when you leave your desk area – don’t leave any confidential information on your desk for passing eyes to see. 

Don’t worry about parking spaces, passes, access to CF – this will all be organised from county hall

Do’s for your case work

* Be proud!

* Do your case records reflect the inordinate amount of work you have done?

* Make time to get your recording up to date.

* Is there an up to date pen picture?

* Is there an up to date chronology?

* When was the last assessment?

* Managers’ are your supervision records and management overviews relevant and up to date?

* IRO’s/IC’s are your records up to date? What evidence is there of your footprint though the records of the children and young people you are working with?

* Have you had a case audited recently? Have you made sure any findings have been actioned? 

Don’t panic or worry – you all know the children and families you work with well. 

If you have a case selected for audit

* You will know as soon as we are told which cases have been selected.

* Remember all of the really good work you have done and think about how you are going to showcase it.

* You will be allocated an audit officer who will meet with you to audit the case.

* They will also spend some time with you to offer any guidance you think you might want about meeting with an inspector.

* Auditors will not spend any more time with you than is necessary.

* You will have someone identified to spend some time with before your meeting with the inspector and they will be there afterwards for you to debrief with – this bit is really important for the interviews that follow yours and to help us to feed back to CSLT about possible key lines of enquiry.


Using the 'socials'

Socials

Social media platforms such as Twitter, can be helpful in keeping up to date with current research and practice guidance and staff are encouraged to use them to develop and share their skills and knowledge.

The Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) have published social media guidance for social workers in England and the other 15 professions it regulates. As well as top tips on how professionals should approach using social media in a way that prevents them being referred for misconduct, the regulator also published case studies of positive and negative uses of social media.


Ministry

Resolving disputes about arrangements for children

A new website hosted by the Ministry of Justice provides sources of information and services available to parents who are separated or divorced and are having difficulty agreeing arrangements for their children. Some of the information may also be useful for other relatives who are considering approaching the family courts over disputes about seeing children. To access this information click here 


focus

Focusing on CSE

We know child sexual exploitation (CSE) has a massive impact on the lives of young people and we all need to make sure we spot the signs and manage it effectively to keep children and young people safe. The NSCB policy procedures and guidance on safeguarding children and young people from child sexual exploitation can be found here. We also have the following guides to help practitioners and managers:

CSE Risk Assessment

CSE Risk Levels

Guide to CSE Recording

Guide to CSE Tracking Tool

Please make sure you use these to support your practice and to ensure we keep children and young people safe from CSE.


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Do you have a good idea for the next Improving Times? Send it to csweeklybrief@norfolk.gov.uk and see our back copies here.



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      The option to Vote has now driven us out of The Union.

      We now have to take the advantage and not carry on blaming ourselves or others.It was a shock the way it went BUT GET OVER IT.

      The European Union is an organisation that tries to represent Europe.
      It is now nervous that a country has dared to take control of themselves.

      It will not be easy to deal with them because they want us to fail.
      We will not fail and maybe others will split away.That is their biggest fear.

      Northern Ireland now needs to be used as a trade Area to negotiate with Europeans direct.Taking advantage of its doorstep location with Southern Ireland. The UK needs to lower corporation rates to be the same as Ireland.This will be an advantage for all business.

      We need to create a small coordinating and marketing organisation and use CBI and Group Trading organisations to promote Great Britain.The commonwealth needs to be a bigger part of our trade. Our main objective must be to trade globally.
      The social legislation and general laws need to be rewritten and but back into British Law. Maybe a 5 year project.There is going to be lots to sort. In the meantime we can still use Modified European Law and call it that.

      START NOW
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      The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 member states. It has an area of 4,324,782 km², and an estimated population of over 508 million, and operates through a hybrid system of supranational ... Wikipedia
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      Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
      Headquarters: City of Brussels, Belgium
      Unemployment rate: 9.6% (Apr 2015) Eurostat
      Government debt: 87.4% of GDP (2013) Eurostat
      Largest city: London
      Founders: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Germany

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