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Sector-led Improvement Programme

The sector-led improvement programme is about local authorities supporting each other to improve their children’s services.

The programme aims to improve the overall performance of children’s social care by using the strongest performing local authorities to provide peer support to authorities who are working to improve their services.

Sector-led improvement partners are local authorities who are rated good or outstanding for children’s services by Ofsted and have been selected through a DfE procurement exercise to deliver this support.

Each sector-led improvement partner has its own approach and expertise in working with other local authorities, along with specific regions they are able to work in.

Hertfordshire County Council has developed Family Safeguarding, a strengths-based, whole family approach to child protection, using motivational interviewing. This approach brings together all professionals working with a family in one multi-disciplinary team with the goal of keeping more children safely at home with their families.

Independent evaluations have shown that in each authority where this model has been implemented, there have been significant reductions in:

  • the number of children entering care and being the subject of child protection plans
  • police callouts in relation to domestic abuse repeat victimisation

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The DfE has a process whereby authorities graded inadequate or requires improvement by Ofsted can apply for support from a SLIP authority to help them improve their services.  The DfE can award such authorities funding to enable the Centre to provide the advice and guidance, over a year long programme, to help them to adopt Family Safeguarding as part of their improvement plans. 

Our team’s expertise can provide support to local authorities by:

  • conducting a peer review of children’s services across whole service pathway, and wider partnership arrangements
  • assessing the readiness of the authority to adopt the model and establishing the conditions for success
  • calculating the cost of implementing the model and the likely benefits, including cost avoidance, its implementation is likely to achieve
  • engaging with strategic leaders, partners, and elected members to outline the benefits of this way of working, support the case for change, including attending events, providing draft business cases for invest to save bids
  • Supplying job descriptions for the multi-disciplinary workforce and help to establish a partnership agreement for the recruitment of the multi-disciplinary team by statutory partners
  • coaching and mentoring for senior leaders and for practice leads
  • creating a practice development programme offering a comprehensive learning and development curriculum
  • providing culture change workshops across children’s services, and with partnership leaders, to focus on changing how we work with families
  • providing learning workshops to support managers to lead multi-disciplinary teams and use group supervision effectively
  • producing evaluation reports and performance dashboard based on evaluation and outcome measures
  • the requirements needed to implement the IT workbook
  • provide support and advice to LA & Partnership HR Leads on recruitment of adult workers and FS Social Workers, campaign and strategy, terms and conditions, partner engagement

 

 

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