South West Update April 2017

Self-Assessment and Challenge

A new area of work for the coming months is to introduce a new Self-Assessment Framework with a process of Director level Peer Challenge. This is new for the South West region but the framework will be built upon the work done by colleagues in other regions. The framework will be agreed by early Summer with the Peer Challenge event happening in the Autumn.

The performance leads group is in a consultation process to introduce a regional data benchmarking programme with a plan to introduce a regional comparative ‘in-year’ data set by July 2017.

Preventing and Tackling Neglect

The principal social worker (PSW) group is co-ordinating the thematic peer challenge programme which focuses on the regional priority of Preventing and Tackling Neglect. Nine local authorities are taking part and the programme commences with a training event in Bristol on the 3rd April 2017. The Peer Challenge programme will take place between June and November 2017.

The Principal Social Worker group has created a Practice Guide on Neglect for Social Workers. The guide has details of the national picture, research and toolkits. The Principal Social Worker in each local authority will be adapting the guide for local use.

Two public awareness campaigns have been conducted in different parts of the region to raise awareness of neglect and encourage families to seek help earlier. A regional project to develop a public health approach to preventing neglect is in discussion.

Workforce Development

The Recruitment and Retention working group is collating data on the first nine months of operation of the ‘Memorandum of Co-operation’ which was agreed in July 2016. The ‘MoC’ introduced a regionally agreed pay cap for agency social workers.

Discussions are underway to extend the Frontline programme to the South West region for 2018.

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