East Midlands Update September 2016

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

Peer challenge

There are currently two teams of colleagues participating in the East Midlands peer challenge scheme. One LA area is receiving a Peer Challenge Team Review of their recent developments to implement policy reforms, carried out by a mixed team of colleagues from four other LA areas. A second LA area is receiving a SAVMax (Safeguarding Assurance Visit) where a team of social work leaders from 2-3 other LA areas is spending a week thoroughly scrutinising their case management processes. Both of these are examples of the on-going commitment within the region to drive improvements in both service quality and outcomes through a sector-led approach.

SEND peer challenge

The region has recently made a commitment to support the implementation of SEND reforms and inspection readiness through a new peer challenge approach. Within this scheme a mixed group of colleagues from local authorities (education and social care), health partners and parent carer forums will spend two days in each LA area to investigate lines of enquiry based upon an audit of strengths and areas for development.

SEND transport

A seminar took place in July which explored some of the practical and cultural issues that underpin the challenge to sustain appropriate SEND transport arrangements. A follow up event is planned for late September to define, scope and plan a number of specific actions and initiatives that can be undertaken to achieve meaningful change in relation to SEND transport.

Regional education summit group

The need to improve educational standards in a period of significant organisational change in the education landscape is one of the region’s biggest priorities. A regional summit group has been established which brings together the Regional Schools Commissioner, teaching schools, multi academy trusts, local authorities, Ofsted, dioceses and the National College for Teaching and Leadership . This group has committed to meet regularly to maintain open dialogue and to work together towards common goals within the region.

CSE regional standards

In the past year a regional set of standards has been agreed to provide a benchmark for effective work that combats child sexual exploitation. Each local authority, police force and LSCB is working to introduce and implement the standards and it has now been agreed to carry out a ‘stock take’ to identify areas where good progress is being made and where difficult issues still remain. A seminar will be held in November to share practice across the region and discuss problem areas. A warm welcome is extended to colleagues with an interest in this work.

Children and families workforce

The region remains active in its interest and ambition to strengthen the professional development of the wider children’s workforce. The region will be hosting a workforce conference in November to develop existing work strands.

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