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Why do we need a practice panel

Edinburgh Children’s Social Work Practice Panel Event22 November 2011Andy Jeffries, Service Manager,Children’s Practice Teams


Why do we need a practice panel
Why do we need a practice panel?


Discussion with managers since early 2010 – how do we focus more on quality of practice and take a departmental view on models of intervention

HoS paper approved 2010 “Promoting Models of Intervention for Social Work Practitioners in Edinburgh”

CEC improvement agenda focussed on organisational structure, business process and improvement in KPIs

KPIs quantitative rather than qualitative

Sustained improvements in the basics give us more opportunity to focus on quality and what works


Why do we need a practice panel

  • Relatively youthful workforce in C&F practice teams – both a challenge and an opportunity

  • New workers need to be equipped for practice and more experienced workers need opportunities to refresh their skills and knowledge

  • Practice development in CEC primarily led by WLD and enthusiastic practitioners – no overall management approach

  • Managers should promote a learning culture within the organisation – capitalise on knowledge and skills of workers, and support knowledge exchange with university


Why do we need a practice panel

Membership of practice panel early 2011- mix of SCYP practitioners, managers, WLD, university

Debates about whether to promote specific models of intervention

Start with clarity on values (statement derived from IFSW – self-determination; participation; concern with whole person; focus on strengths)

Guided reading around current literature – strengths and relationship based perspectives


Why do we need a practice panel

Lonne, B., Parton, N., Thomas, J. and Harries, M. (2009) practitioners, managers, WLD, universityReforming Child Protection, London: Routledge.

Munro, E (2011) The Munro Review of Child Protection: Final Report. A child-centred system, London: Department of Education.

Ruch G, Turney D and Ward, A. Eds (2010) Relationship Based Social Work: Getting tothe heart of practice, London: Jessica Kingsley.

Saleebey, D. (1992) The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, New York: Longman.


Key issues
Key Issues: practitioners, managers, WLD, university

Renewed focus on child and family well-being

Well-articulated value base

Relationship-based practice and genuine partnerships with C&F

Approaches that accept and manage risk

Local connections and assistance to families

Engagement between practice-informed management and front-line staff

Child and family informed practice

Focus on outcomes for C&F and communities over time


Why do we need a practice panel

  • Munro - shift from compliance culture to one which focuses on effective help and protection for children.

    “This move from compliance to a learning culture will require those working in child protection to be given more scope to exercise professional judgment in deciding how best to help children and their families.”

  • Relationships are key to success or otherwise of social work interventions. Good outcomes won’t be achieved solely by training staff in specific practice approaches.


Why do we need a practice panel

“The panel is ……of the view that we should not restrict our staff to certain prescribed approaches to practice but should promote a diversity of practice through opportunities for practitioners to share and reflect together on what has worked well and to learn from what has not.” (HoS report 2011)

Why do we need a practice panel

  • Our challenge – to maintain and improve performance on the basics while building activities and conversations which support and build a learning culture in the organisation and improve relationships and outcomes for children and young people.

  • Partnership with Edinburgh University – Knowledge Exchange – inc joint bid to Economic and Social Research Council for funding to support reflective practice activity

Why do we need a practice panel