East Midlands regional update December 2016

Update from the East Midlands region for the December meeting of the ADCS Council of Reference

The East Midlands Regional Update

SEND Peer Challenge

There is now a regional pool of almost 60 colleagues trained from education, social care, health and parent based backgrounds. Two peer challenges have taken place in the autumn - both were evaluated as highly effective and worthwhile. Three more LA areas are scheduled to receive peer challenge in the New Year with all other LAs set to receive peer challenge within 2017.

The two local authorities which have received Ofsted SEND inspection are using regional SEND peer challenge for monitoring purposes over the next 12 months.


The region held a major workforce conference in November which was attended by almost 100 delegates from LAs within the region. In addition over 20 LAs from outside the region were also in attendance.

The focus of the event was on frameworks and the apprenticeship levy scheme to promote the development of the wider children’s workforce:

  • Frameworks: the East Midlands is pushing for modular flexible accreditation and would like to develop the concept of a climbing frame to illustrate this
  • Apprenticeship Levy: appreciated the input from SFA.

The region is currently co-developing and piloting new modules with awarding body SFJ for L2-4 Family Support and Early Intervention.


A seminar took place involving almost 80 colleagues to review implementation of regional CSE standards 12 months on. Inputs included the sharing of police CSE profiles, along with regional good practice exchange on aspects that are going well. The seminar also identified problem areas which require more focus. The regional CSE groups agreed to take forward a number of suggested actions.


The region has been co-operating with the NTS, but is nearly at capacity, despite some key local initiatives. The region is looking into innovative collaboration to grow more capacity.


The region recently held a key summit session with DCSs and lead members to appraise progress to date and re-focus the RAA work into preferred areas.

Qualified Social Work memorandum

Phase 1 implementation is underway to introduce price capping and a number of agreed protocols. The recruitment of a project worker to lead Phase 2 is currently underway.

SEND Transport

Two key workshops have taken place, in which all LAs from the region were represented, to identify key issues and scope potential areas of joint working to deliver better outcomes and savings. Project proposals will be shared with East Midlands DCSs in January.

Further work will focus on collaboration around Independent Travel Training.

Regional Networks

All regional Head of Service networks in social care and education have recently had their work programmes reviewed by relevant 2nd tier groups.

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