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South West region update December 2016

Update from the South West region for the December meeting of the ADCS Council of Reference

The South West Regional Update

The Regional Business Plan for Sector-Led Improvement has been updated detailing the two regional priorities Tackling and Preventing Neglect and Improving the Outcomes for Children in Care. The plan identifies next steps which included the very successful Neglect Regional Summit held on 17 November 2016. The summit was attended by nearly 60 participants and all local authority areas were represented.

The focus of the summit was ‘Tackling and Preventing Neglect’ and the day included a detailed input from Research in Practice on messages from research on neglect and a focus on tools and approaches for tackling neglect. Comparative regional data on neglect was shared with opportunities for local authorities to interpret the data and build arrangements for using comparative data more effectively. The two local authorities with ‘good’ Ofsted outcomes shared their learning and good practice with a particular focus on strategies for ‘getting to good’. The two local authorities were able to identify how learning from regional sector led improvement activity through ‘peer challenges’ had helped improve practice and outcomes. The Spring Consortium updated the summit on the Innovations Programme and offered the facilitation of a learning network to facilitate collaborative approaches for future programme applications. The regional LGA advisor shared good practice from another regions’ approach to sector-led improvement.

The summit afternoon session focused on identifying greater detail on how the desired regional outcomes will be delivered and this will now be integrated into the Business Plan.

A new Project Co-ordinator for the South West ADCS has been appointed and is now in place to co-ordinate the region’s business plan over the coming 18 months.


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