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Yorkshire & Humber update December 2016

Update from the Yorkshire & Humber region for the December meeting of the ADCS Council of Reference

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Update

Peer challenge

26 LA/LSCB children’s services peer challenges have been completed (as at 31 November 2016). Internal and external evaluation has provided evidence of a process which makes a difference and is constantly being refined. Round 2 peer challenge has been launched, with several already having been undertaken and several further requests (10 in total).

New business processes for peer challenge are being piloted, focussing particularly on a single topic and multiple peer challenge activity in a short period of time (as an example – readiness for JTAI peer challenge in West Yorkshire)

The peer challenge training programme is a shortened version of the LGA Peer Review training programme. 60 peer challengers have been trained, however, staff turnover has reduced the available cohort to 45. A further training programme is planned for February 2016 and has 26 applicants.


The business process for self-assessment is strongly embedded and has been refined for 2016 to include a shortened self-assessment document and the opportunity for LAs to track their respective strengths and areas for development over a three year period.

The closing date for submissions was 30 November, beyond which there will be a challenge event in January and a summit event in March which will enable us to develop a sector led plan for 2017 informed by the validated outputs from self-assessment

Regional data analysis

A regional dataset is maintained by Sheffield City Council, which brings together information from education and social care datasets and has produced customised data for the region on the achievement of children in care. This informs annual self-assessment processes.

Leadership development

The region runs a well-established Senior Leaders Programme (SLP), now recruiting for Cohort 8, and is also recruiting to Cohort 5 of the Aspirant Leaders Programme (ALP).These programmes are designed and delivered in-region, but take account of the leadership constructs and ideas shared on previous and current national programmes. Senior managers are utilised as tutors and the programmes are directed by the SLI coordinator. Demand has now stabilised for these programmes (after a spike in 2016) There are approximately 25 participants on the SLP and 45 on the ALP including colleagues from adult services

A systems thinking programme was commissioned in 2014/15 and has been repeated in 2015/16 and will run again towards the end of 2016/17. Teams from six LAs will be engaged in this, addressing locally identified systems issues. This programme is led by the Staff College and has received highly positive evaluation.


The region is running a series of Insights workshops for 2017, creating the opportunity for LAs to celebrate identified strengths from self-assessment. The first six of these locally hosted workshops have now been advertised across the region


Strong links have been established with NHS England around the children’s mental health agenda, with the regional children’s services SLI Coordinator also a member of the regional children’s mental health team( 0.2 fte)

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