SE Region February 2016 Update

Update for the February meeting of the ADCS Council of Reference

Peer Challenge

The Peer Challenge supporting service improvement journeys have now matured with 39 completed in eight rounds over four years.

Managing the demand for and supply of social workers

The Children’s Social Care Workforce project is implementing a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) for Managing the Supply and Demand of Children’s Social Workers with 15 out of 19 signed up to Phase 1 and 13 out of 19 contributing to the Pay and Conditions survey and Phase 2.

Data Benchmarking Group

Data Benchmarking Group: Quarter Three 2015-16 benchmarking data collection began and development work is underway on a new suite of Adoption and SEND indicators. Early Help indicators are being considered. This is a very successful group and is highly valued.

Early Help Project

The Early Help Project has published a draft Evaluation Framework and Literature Review.

Regional Adoption Leadership Board

The Regional Adoption Leadership Board continues to flourish.

Leadership development

The successful Coaching Programme is now moving to a full cost recovery model.

The region’s DCS group is debating a new approach to diagnosing and reducing risks to service quality, with a possibility of designing and commissioning a new approach.

The region is also supporting the Higher Apprenticeship development work of the Children, Young People and Families Trailblazer Group, supported by ADCS and LGA. Further details of the region’s activities can be found at and by contacting Richard Tyndall, Programme Manager, South East Sector Led Improvement Programme at

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