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Developing A Wider Children’s Workforce

Unlike registered and regulated professions, such as social work or teaching, there is little cohesive strategy or development activity for a significant but varied section of the workforce who work directly with children and families across services from early help to leaving care. Local authorities and their partners require staff to be increasingly flexible in times of dramatic reconfiguration of services and this involves taking on new tasks, working differently with other staff or working with a wider group of families in roles such as family support, outreach, ‘troubled families’-style lead professionals, key workers or personal advisors.

ADCS Workforce Development Policy Committee, with partners Virtual Staff College (VSC) and Research in Practice (RiP) want to create the opportunities for local and national organisations to promote the importance of this work and embed high standards. ADCS, VSC and RiP organised a 1 day summit which looked at the evidence, existing resources and local practice and start to explore a national framework and options for local and regional employers to design tools and strategies which develop both the staff and the organisations that we need to meet the needs of children and families in continuously changing times.

Below, we have uploaded some of the practice examples and tools or frameworks which colleagues from local areas have shared with us. These are shared on the basis that they may be useful to colleagues and are not owned or quality assured by ADCS, RiP or VSC. We are very grateful to those who have shared their work, some of which is still in the early stages, and we hope that others find this useful too.

Practice examples

Cornwall County Council - Developing the early help workforce

Hampshire County Council - Training and development pathways for the ‘wider children’s workforce’

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Hampshire ISS and Locality Team Learning and Development Pathway
Hampshire learning needs analysis
Hampshire multiple and complex needs course
Hampshire occupational map
Hampshire Offer
Hampshire Pathways
Hampshire working with parents course

Kent County Council - Social care capabilities framework for registered workers

Lincolnshire County Council - Wider children’s services quality assurance and development frameworks

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North Tyneside Council - ‘Family Partners’ workforce development strategy

Nottingham City Council - Core training standards for whole children’s workforce

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Sandwell Council - ‘Artemis’: e-learning for the whole workforce

Staffordshire Council - University certificate in promoting excellence in practice: building resilient families and communities

Suffolk Council - Supporting staff working directly with families in non-professionally accredited role

Torbay Council - Developing clearer career pathways for children’s services practitioners

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Walsall Council - Shared capabilities and continuous professional development framework

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Wigan Council - An effective workforce for early help delivery

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Wokingham Council - Restorative Practice approach to workforce development

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Yorkshire & Humber regional partnership - Professional capabilities framework for the wider children’s workforce

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Children England & Safe Network - Practice overview

RiP - Management development programme for integrated early intervention

National Skills Academy for Social Care - Leadership Qualities Framework

CWDC - Common standards factsheet

NSPCC - Reframing: building a shared understanding

Skills for Care & Development - poster

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