Eastern Regional Update - December 2019
The Eastern Regional Update
Regional Self-Assessment and DCS Peer Challenge
• The 2019 annual self-assessment process concluded in June. A six-month status update challenge will be conducted before the end of the year and this will include a six-month data review
• A workshop has been held to review the template used for self-assessment to ensure that it remains current/relevant to changing needs.
• Regional priorities were agreed by the DCS group at the peer challenge event. A meeting is planned with the chairs of all the regional networking groups to disseminate the priority areas and establish each group’s contribution to them. The priority areas are:
- Outcomes for children in need and early help
- Children not in school and vulnerable learners
- Serious youth violence
- Managing the placement market through regional alliances
- Middle and frontline leadership and management
- Continual improvement through self-assessment
- Peer challenge and review
- Sharing good practice
• A regional conference was held in September to focus on the priority area of serious youth violence; this combined national, regional and local best practice. We continue to seek opportunities for further regional collaboration to tackle this issue
• A leadership and management training programme is being constructed by a regional working group in conjunction with The Staff College, targeting heads of service and team managers.
Peer Review and Inspection
• Peer reviews continue to provide challenge and support in targeted, thematic areas of service
• They have been undertaken across social care, education and SEND services with others planned for the coming year
• The focus of education service peer reviews, which are being conducted across the region, is on school exclusions.
• The regular quarterly tartan rug report highlights comparative performance across all LAs in the region against a range of performance measures
• A performance benchmarking report for 2018/19 has been published for the region; it pulls together data from the tartan rug alongside nationally published data across children’s social care
• The next regional benchmarking exercise will focus on assessment factors.
• The regular regional networks continue to be held, together with the re-establishment of a workforce, resourcing and development group for workforce leads across the region
• A regional conference has been held for the leaving care group with a focus on developing local offers
• The corporate parenting steering group (CPSG) is developing ideas for a regional conference on placement stability
• A regional leaders’ event for chief execs, lead members and DCSs is being planned and is likely to be scheduled in early 2020.
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