East Midlands Regional Update September 2019

Sector-Led Improvement Headlines (RIIA)

While it is recognised that this activity is reported elsewhere, the RIIA is being used in this region as the all-encompassing framework for our collaborative joint work. Our cycle of self-evaluation and peer challenge will begin again during the autumn term and alongside this the joint work between the nine LAs is being organised to contribute to four over-arching priorities:

• Managing increasing levels of demand and need at a time of reducing financial resource, including SEND pressures and placement sufficiency

• Social Work recruitment and managing the workforce (MoU)

• Protecting children at risk of exploitation

• The quality and effectiveness of practice that improves outcomes.

Early Intervention Practitioner L4 Apprenticeship

The EM regional workforce leads group, led by Derbyshire colleagues, continues to make progress to create a level four apprenticeship, having now received the support of the board of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. This qualification, once it is launched, will complement the existing level five and level six diplomas in early intervention and family support.

School Partnership Inclusion Case Studies

Commissioned by our Regional Education Summit, we are in the final stages of producing an anthology of case studies of schools and partnerships that are working to increase school inclusion and reduce or eliminate exclusion. The anthology is being launched later in September and will be available to download at www.emsyh.org.uk/summit


The region continues its commitment to develop the regional MoU for social work as a main tool in the drive to improve workforce quality, price and supply. A renewed work programme is being commissioned from the regional HR leads group to add the growth of imaginative ‘supply side’ solutions alongside a re-fresh of current price regulation activity.

Parental Conflict

All nine LAs in the region have pooled the DWP grant for parental conflict and have recruited a regional lead to provide strategic leadership and drive the agenda. With guidance from the strategic coordinator, all LAs have completed an EIF planning tool and are in the process of agreeing a programme of activities that will enable a joined-up approach across the region.


Four out of nine of the region’s LAs are now at or very close to the 0.07% threshold with a steady increase in regional numbers from spontaneous arrivals, national transfers and ‘children’ passing through the adult dispersal centre within the region. LAs use a combination of dedicated UASC teams and integrated processes and the region also benefits from the role of a regional officer to manage UASC pressures.

Mental Health Connections with NHS

The spike of mental health need in the 10-20 years-old cohort continues to provide a significant challenge to all partners. The EM DCS group is supporting steps with the NHS regional field force to look to bridge any gulf between the NHS approach to mental health issues and local government activity. The region is keen to use the momentum of the trailblazer sites to establish multi-agency approaches that build upon, and not duplicate, existing systems.

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