Eastern regional update September 2019

Regional Self-Assessment & DCS Peer Challenge

• The 2019 annual self-assessment process has concluded, with a status update planned for the autumn

• Self-assessments that were submitted by each local authority were moderated by another authority within the region. Moderation comments were shared prior to a DCS peer challenge event that was held at the end of June

• A workshop has been arranged to review the template used for self-assessment to ensure that it remains current/relevant to changing needs.

Regional Priorities

• The regional priorities are currently under review by the DCS group (following the peer challenge event) and a meeting is planned with the chairs of all the regional network groups to disseminate the priority areas and establish each group’s contribution to them

• For each priority a DCS sponsor and an AD lead will be invited to steer an action plan

• A regional conference is being held in September to focus on the serious youth violence priority area; this will combine national, regional and local best practice and seek opportunities for further regional collaboration to tackle the issue

• A leadership and management training programme is being constructed by a regional team in conjunction with The Staff College, targeting heads of service and team managers.

Peer Review & 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 and others are being planned for the coming year.

Data Benchmarking

• The regular quarterly tartan rug report continues to highlight 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.

Network Highlights

• 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

• Meeting schedules for 2020 have been booked for all the regional groups

• A regional conference has been held for the leaving care group with a focus on developing local offers

• A regional leaders’ event for chief executives, lead members and DCSs is being planned and is likely to be scheduled for January/February 2020

• Andrew Bunyan, our LGA advisor, will be facilitating some regional work on residential care alternative provision, to look at whether we could do something different so that we can approach the DfE with a plan and estimate of cost

• The group provided the troubled families team at DfE with data to show how much extra cost would be accrued by social care if the troubled families funding was dropped

The group has arranged for some work on budget pressures to be carried out by finance leads across the region, coordinated by Hertfordshire.

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