Yorkshire & Humber Regional Update June 2018
The 2018 regional work plan for sector-led improvement emphasises:
• Greater rigour and accountability
• Greater join up of regional processes, systems and structures
• Focus on a few key regional issues in depth.
• Coherent support for individual LAs where needs are greatest.
All DCSs have signed the 2018 SLI Memorandum of Understanding which emphasises the above and clarifies the expectations of each and all LAs in their support of SLI activities.
A wide range of activities continue to be commissioned in relation to peer challenge, self-assessment, systems thinking, regional data analysis, leadership development, partnerships, the regionalisation of adoption, and children social work matters.
33 LA/LSCB children’s services peer challenges have been completed (as of 30 April 2018). Internal and external evaluation has provided evidence of a process which makes a difference and is constantly being refined.
Whilst the ‘core’ three-day peer challenge business process remains at the centre of peer challenge activity, various new peer challenge business processes were developed and piloted in 2017. Regional groups are being encouraged to apply these to their activities around school improvement/SEND/workforce/safeguarding.
Our Senior and Aspirant Leaders programmes have supported the development of over 500 managers over a 6-year period. We have just commenced these programmes for 2018, with over 60 senior managers from children’s services, adult services, public health and CCGs. Tutors are drawn from alumni and other senior managers in the region.
Working with Health Education England, we have jointly commissioned a Systems Masterclass for leaders in Health and LAs (Charles Leadbetter to present and facilitate alongside regional leaders). This is our first joint venture with HEE.
Coherent Support for Individual LAs
Through self-assessment processes and feedback from external scrutiny we are identifying LAs where there are specific support needs. Link DCSs are identified and we are now testing a model where DfE Regional Advisers, LGA Advisers, SLI Lead, link DCS, and the host DCS work collaboratively to develop an improvement action plan and clarify what support is required and from where it might be sourced and provided. This model has now been piloted in one LA and will be developed and refined as it is applied to others as appropriate
Children’s Social Work Matters (CSWM)
In October 2017, the Y&H region ADCS group approved two years funding for CSWM taking us to March 2020. As such, in January 2018, the regional steering group board approved a 2-year outline plan with four key deliverable areas:
• Collaboration (creating opportunities for working together more)
• Attracting more people in to the CSW profession
• Supporting the workforce (through the private knowledge hub and a series of knowledge sharing events and a bi-annual regional conference)
• Raising the image of CSW (to counteract negative image/myths and misconceptions, which in turn will encourage more people in to the profession).
In November 2017, CSWM ran its second regional conference with more than 200 CSWs attending from across the region. The presentations and workshops were filmed and uploaded on to the private portal so that many more practitioners/students could benefit from the resources. Feedback tells us that these are proving very useful in training sessions across the region still.
In April 2018, CSWM delivered its first highly successful regional stakeholder event on ‘Creating a happy, healthy and resilient workforce’ to share knowledge and learning, encouraging more collaborative working. These will be delivered quarterly going forward on a range of priority topics/themes.
CSWM is closely aligned with Teaching Partnerships (TPs) in Y&H and attends their regional meetings with each of the TP project managers to identify ways in which we can work together more, to avoid duplication of effort and achieve cost savings where possible. In late May 2018 an umbrella brand ‘Social Care Matters’ microsite will go live (TPs could not align without this because CSWM focuses just on Children’s). Three of the TP sites already hosted by CSWM so that the TPs can benefit from the existing high Google rankings and to further optimise the websites to gain higher online presence, drive relevant traffic to each site.
CSWM is also aligned with the regional Workforce Development Leads group, ensuring CSWM is supporting the needs and priorities of the region.
Y&H has three RAAs at varying stages of development, with a number of LAs already participating on the ‘One Adoption’ model for Y&H. Each sub-regional RAA is chaired by a nominated DCS from Y&H.
A regional development day has been held with all partners, to examine the process to date, which has focused predominantly on establishing the RAAs, lesson learned, exploring next steps and how best to move forward in terms of change and delivery.
Regional Adoption Leadership Boards have been established to take this work forward at a regional level. The Yorkshire and Humber RALB exists to ensure these aims are met as well as:
• Being the coordinating body of the partnership between the One Adoption Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities and the Voluntary Adoption Alliance
• Providing direction to all aspects of adoption related activity which is coordinated, commissioned or delivered regionally
• Overseeing the delivery of the One Adoption Hub/Consortium contract
• Ensuring the voice of adopters and children and young people inform service delivery and development
• Sharing learning and best practice.
The Board is chaired by the nominated ADCS Yorkshire & Humber Adoption Lead and managed and serviced by the holder of the Consortium/One Adoption Hub. Work continues in each of the areas across Y&H in determining how best to develop the model and approach further.
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