South West Regional Update June 2019

The South West Regional Update

South West Regional Summer Summit - Building Regional Improvement Capacity and Improving Practice Leadership.

This year’s summer summit is scheduled for Wednesday 26 June 2019 and will include good practice workshops from every South West local authority. Themes of the workshops will include:

• Improved responses to adolescent risks

• Strengthening families and reducing the children in care population

• Using NAAS as a vehicle for practice improvement

• Using business intelligence to develop and deliver the early help offer

• Young people presenting on their work as ambassadors

• Delivering on what’s important to our children and young people.

Other workshops will touch on SEND, quality assurance, integrated place-based services and reducing NEETs.

Each local authority will have four places available to them, the target audience are DCS/ADCS, heads of service, service managers, principal social workers, and those reporting directly to assistant directors across children’s services. The summit will also launch the new Regional Leadership Development Programme (further details below) for which there will be an input from The Staff College as well as an opportunity to shape the programme.

Regional Leadership Development Programme

The Staff College is scoping a Leadership Development Programme for aspirant assistant directors in the South West region. The aim of the programme is to improve the strategic leadership skills of up to fifty managers who report directly to assistant directors in each of the region’s fifteen local authorities. The programme, which is due to start in autumn 2019, will include some ‘coaching and mentoring’ elements in addition to the learning events.

Self-Assessment Peer Challenge 2019

The date for the self-assessment peer challenge will be Friday 6 December 2019. The self-assessment framework has been reviewed with an additional self-assessment on ‘risk factors’ included.

Strategic Children’s Sector-Led Improvement Group – RIIA Board

The strategic group, which has representation from the region’s chief executives, lead members, directors of children’s services and the LGA, has now become the Regional Improvement and Innovation Alliance Board. The methodology for the regional ‘early warning system’ is being consulted on and established.

Thematic Peer Challenge Programme for 2018/19.

The theme this year is ‘improving outcomes for children in need of help and protection’. A programme of six challenges will take place before the end of July 2019. The programme is being organised through the Principal Social Worker Network and regional co-ordinator.

Workforce Development – Frontline Regional Partnership

A new Frontline programme has been established in the South West starting in the summer of 2019. Eight South West local authorities are participating in the programme and providing 12 units of four students: Gloucestershire (3), Swindon (2), Bristol (2), South Gloucestershire (1), Wiltshire (1), BaNES (1), Somerset (1), N Somerset (1).

Commissioning Group Project

The regional commissioning group has developed a project, led by Bath and North East Somerset, to gather intelligence through a ‘market position statement’ on the sufficiency of in-house fostering placements in all of the South West local authorities. The project has gained some external funding from the LGA. It is planned that the ‘market position’ will be presented to representatives from all local authorities at a regional meeting on 17 July 2019 in Taunton.

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