Edinburgh Children’s Social Work Practice Panel Event 22 November 2011 Andy Jeffries, Service Manager, Children’s Practice Teams. 1. Why do we need a practice panel?. Background
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
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
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.
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
“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.”
“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)