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  • Childrens Trust Network19 October 2011Developments in SafeguardingAnthony MayCorporate Director for Children, Families and Cultural Services

  • Where we have come fromA new Childrens Department in 2006A successful JAR in 2008An unprecedented rise in workload during 2009 and 2010 services which lacked resilienceA poor Unannounced Inspection in 2009An inadequate full inspection in 2010A DfE Improvement Notice

  • What we have done about itHigh level improvement programme independently led:New vision and mission for social careMore social workers and support workersNew thresholds and improved partnership workingRestructure of front end servicesNew quality assurance and performance management regimesEngaged wide range of external support and challengeSignificant financial investment:25 million over two years (22.6 million is permanent):Staff front line and supportPlacementsLegal costsNew improvement/ quality assurance teamA human resource strategy:Staff development and trainingCommunication and engagementWorking conditions and arrangementsCulture

  • Where are we now?A focus on leadership, accountability and sustainability Partnership-wide thresholds guidance Pathway to Provision Recruitment to provide additional capacity and a more stable workforceImprovements in timeliness and quality of assessmentsAn embedded Quality Management FrameworkWave one transformation projects underwayImproved partnership working Integrated approaches for:early intervention;targeted youth support;child poverty; andyoung carers.

  • How do we know were improving?Quantitative data has improvedQuality systems confirm improvementExternal audit support this viewThe staff are telling us Our partners are telling usWeve had two successful DfE reviewsWeve had a successful unannounced Ofsted inspectionWeve had a successful Peer ChallengeWeve had a successful Ofsted reinspection of safeguarding servicesOur Ofsted Childrens Services Assessment for 2011 will see an improvement in our rating.

  • Ofsted safeguarding reinspectionKey FindingsThe overall effectiveness of services in Nottinghamshire in ensuring children are safe is adequate (grade 3)The capacity for improvement is good (grade 2)

    In a relatively short period of time the local authority, and the full range of partners, have made significant progress in understanding and improving safeguarding services within the county. Senior managers within the local authority, and at the highest level from across partner agencies, have a shared understanding of the effectiveness of safeguarding services.

    Effective plans are in place to continue with service improvement reflected in the Safeguarding Improvement Plan, the Nottinghamshire Children, Young People and Families Plan and the NSCB Business Plan.

    Appropriate action is taken by partners and childrens social care to safeguard children. The quality of provision has improved but as yet remains inconsistent. However, performance management and quality assurance have been a significant driver to date and are a good basis for continuing improvements.

  • Ofsted safeguarding reinspectionareas for improvementImprove quality and consistency of assessmentsAssessment & Care planning training programme in place for all front line staff and first line managersReflective practice action learning being commissioned for 1st line managersQuality management framework revised in October 2011 to improve monitoring of qualityReduce the number of inappropriate referrals to childrens social careIntroduction of common referral form (Autumn 2011)Revised Pathway to Provision with improved step up and step down processes, published in November 2011Ongoing audit of inappropriate contacts and re-referrals to Children's Social Care

  • Ofsted safeguarding reinspectionareas for improvementReduce the Number of Children subject to both Safeguarding and Looked After PlansIRO & CPC project underway, clear policy of One child one plan implemented October 2011, completion December 2011Improve the strategic lead and challenge functions of the LADOOctober 2012 implement an action plan to strengthen the strategic role of the LADO and improve contact with hard to reach communities and faith groups.Improve managers awareness of commissioned services and effective commissioningImplement a commissioning good practice programme for Group managers (November 2011)

  • Ofsted safeguarding reinspectionareas for improvementIncrease the use of the CAF as early intervention tool Use the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub programme October 2011 (ongoing) to review the effectiveness of current CAF use and Joint Access team & early intervention processes strong engagement with Childrens TrustRe launch Pathway to Provision handbook in November 2011Introduction of seven new Early Intervention District Manager posts to support the development of district based early intervention servicesProvide a Management Development Programme for First Line ManagersSupervision skills training Care planning and assessment skill training already established. Reflective practice learning currently being commissioned Full team manager development programme to be implemented in 2012

  • Initial Assessments

  • Core Assessments

  • Re-referrals

  • Child Protection Reviews

  • What are the challenges we face?Quality of core assessmentsContinue to reduce re-referrals Ensuring a focus on outcomesWorkforce development and workload managementDealing with increasing numbers of child protection plans and LAC further 6 million in provisional budget for next two yearsTransforming services whilst maintaining an improvement trajectory

  • Where are we going next?Ofsted Action Plan to tackle the identified areas for improvement Transformation programme (May 2011 April 2013)Whole service review within an integrated contextShort term (Wave 1 projects underway)New service operating model ready for consultation October 2011:MASH;Locality approach;Supported by specialist and county-wide functionsTransfer of governance - Improvement Board to NSCBShadow arrangements from April 2011Any outstanding actions from the Improvement NoticeSix monthly review of completed priorities Complete recruitment of new staff

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