West Midlands Regional Update June 2019
We received a grant to help us with ensuring that West Midlands Children’s Services (WMCS) has the right infrastructure to manage the growing business. Mutual Ventures are undertaking an options appraisal to be presented to the DCS network in July with the preferred option turned into a business case for September and potential implementation from 1st April 2020.
Managing Risk and Demand
We are working closely with the MHCLG to make the case for continuing support for early help and targeted support as part of the Spending Review activity.
We are also looking at how we might work with CPAG following the successful Cliff Edges / New Horizons conference that brought together S51 Officers, Chief Executives, DCS, ADASS and DPH. A second conference is planned for September to also include Directors of Place continuing the focus on whole family approach and the economy. This set against the need to change the current poor social mobility that exists across the region.
We recently attended the Social Work Show in Manchester and engaged those attending with our ‘fortune-tellers’ activity.
The NAAS pilot plans are well advanced with each local authority planning their programmes of support for those social work professionals who want to take up the opportunity to get accredited as part of their continuing professional development. This opportunity is only offered to permanent staff in line with the national ADCS agreement.
With almost all funds now distributed we are now focused on the training and a thorough evaluation to measure the performance and impact of the interventions. The online information, advice and guidance for all package is being finalised and should be available in July on the WMCS website.
West Midlands Safe Centre Feasibility Study
The announcement to the design phase for the successful bids is imminent.
WMCS and the LGA
We have a strong relationship with LGA in the West Midlands including being involved in training days for lead members of children services. The recent local government elections included 27 out of the 33 local authority areas in the region.
Formation of a Regional Commissioning Hub
All fourteen LAs and the two Children’s Trusts have invested in the hub whose aim is to have a strategic market engagement, a regional needs analysis leading to better sufficiency and value for money. Our aim: “West Midlands places for West Midlands children”.
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