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What Works For Children's Social Care

The What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast brings you the latest on evidence-based practice to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. In each episode we’ll be discussing different interventions, what the evidence says about their effectiveness, and what this means for people working with and for children and young peopl

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Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode we are delighted to be joined by Rachael Pryor, Head of Service, Inclusive City and Virtual School Headteacher at Bristol City Council. In this episode, Rachael discusses how lockdown helped herself and her team think differently about how they organise their time more effectively, in particular with children who are being educated outside of the local authority. Rachael also considers the complexities of assessing when it is right for children, families and carers to take up the opportunity to return to school. Listen to the episode to hear more about how Rachael and the HOPE School team are working to encourage positive cultures in schools, so they are inclusive and understanding of attachment and trauma. Follow the HOPE School on Twitter @HOPE4CiC If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Sep 24

19 min

Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode we are delighted to be joined by three of the senior leaders from Telford and Wrekin Council - Clive Jones, the out-going Executive Director, Children’s and Family Services; Jo Britton, who is is taking over the role and has been Director of Children’s Safeguarding and Family Support at the Council; and Heather Loveridge, Director of Education and Skills. In this episode, Clive, Jo and Heather discuss the difficulties involved in working together when we’re physically apart, the importance of regular communication - with the community, workforce, and children and families - and bringing data about vulnerable learners together. They also discuss how it was vital that, having assessed the needs of each family, they then discussed this with the families to ensure they were happy with the outcome and were getting the support they needed. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Sep 4

34 min

Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, talks to Jenny Turnross, Director Of Practice at Birmingham Children’s Trust. In her conversation with Michael, Jenny discusses how forming a partnership operation group with all departments working with children and families allowed Birmingham Children’s Trust to cut through bureaucracy and achieve a commitment that all partners would continue to offer the same level of service to children and families. Jenny shares how the Trust is planning on turning the resource hub which offered food parcels and supermarket vouchers to support children, families and care-leavers who were struggling during COVID-19 into a long term resource for the community. Jenny discusses the balance of providing a mix of virtual and in-person support that responds to both the constraints of containing future infection spikes, and the needs of the people of Birmingham. Keep up to date with what’s happening in Birmingham on Twitter - @Bhamchildtrust If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Aug 15

36 min

Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, talks to Julia Hassall, the Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care in Rochdale. Julia discusses how Rochdale’s relational approach to practice guided their response to COVID-19, how they embraced creative solutions - such as recordings of lullabies, direct work through windows, Easter egg deliveries to see difficult to reach families, and weekly Skype discos. Julia also talks about the importance of ensuring practitioners feel cared for by the organisation they work for, so they in turn can continue to care for the families and children they are working with in a creative and supportive way, and how Rochdale have helped colleagues maintain resilience through coaching sessions. Keep up to date with what’s happening in Rochdale on Twitter - @RochdaleCouncil If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Jul 31

29 min

Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, talks to Richard Devine, a Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset (@RichardDevineSW). Richard discusses the impact of remote working, the cumulative effect of ‘mildly difficult’ situations and missing the moments of reflection and decompression while driving between appointments. Richard and Michael also explore how new working arrangements, such as switching to phone conversations, have changed relationship dynamics between families and social workers. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Jul 24

22 min

In this special episode of the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care,  is talking with Dr Peter Sidebotham, who led the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel review of sudden unexpected death in infancy in families where children are considered at risk of significant harm, which was published this week. Despite the huge reduction in the incidence over the last 20-30 years, sudden unexpected death in infancy is still the biggest cause of death for infants, outside the neonatal period, with a high proportion of incidents occurring in families with identified vulnerabilities - such as over-crowding, parental drug and alcohol misuse and mental health issues. Michael and Peter discuss the findings of the report, next steps and the  importance of good, relationship-based social work in reducing the risk of sudden unexpected death in infants. Find out more about the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/child-safeguarding-practice-review-panel Read the report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-children-at-risk-from-sudden-unexpected-infant-death Follow the Children Safeguarding Practice Review Panel on Twitter @CSPR_Panel If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Jul 17

27 min

In this episode of the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, is talking with Martin Kelly, OBE, Assistant Director for Children and Families at North Yorkshire County Council. Martin discusses participating in a virtual inspection of their youth justice service, ensuring their strengths-based, relational approach to practice was maintained, even when face-to-face contact was more difficult, and what the future may hold - a blended approach of in-person and virtual (a pragmatic response in a local authority the size of Luxembourg!). If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Jul 10

19 min

Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care talks to Jo Silver, Director of Quality and Innovation at SafeLives, the UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for everyone and for good. Michael and Jo discuss how SafeLives utilised their networks to ensure the voices of victims and survivors of domestic abuse were heard and that their needs were understood; creative ways domestic abuse organisations have been keeping children and families safe; and the difficulties of supporting children and young people who are experiencing domestic abuse. You can find out more about SafeLives here: https://safelives.org.uk/ @safelives_ Virtual support for professionals is available via the SafeLives Community Platform https://community.safelives.org.uk/default.aspx SafeLives’ COVID-19 resources can be accessed here https://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19 Participate in the victim/survivor survey here: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=158461680526 Participate in the frontline domestic abuse service survey here: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=158472140117 If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Jul 3

34 min

Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, is talking with Chris McLoughlin, Director of Children’s Services at Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (@chrismcDCS). They discuss how Stockport has reacted to the challenges posed by COVID-19, creating an effective multi-agency response, taking stock of physical and emotional wellbeing, and what it’s like to be a PIP during lockdown. You can find more information about the Social Workers in Schools project that Chris mentions here: https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/research-report/social-workers-in-schools-an-evaluation-of-a-pilot-in-three-local-authorities-in-england/ If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Jun 26

20 min

Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast. You can read our report on Care-experienced Young People and Higher Education: https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/research-report/care-experienced-young-people-and-higher-education/ Find out more about our joint call, in partnership with Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) for evidence and practice on programmes which aim to increase the progression to, and success in, higher education, of young people who are, or have been, in care: https://taso.org.uk/get-involved/call-for-evidence/ Find out more about TASO and their work: https://taso.org.uk/ Find out more about Become and their work: https://www.becomecharity.org.uk/ Children in care, care leavers, or those supporting them can get help and advice: Freephone 0800 023 2033 or email advice@becomecharity.org.uk https://becomecharity.org.uk/for-young-people/care-advice-line/ If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Jun 23

36 min

Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, is talking with Colum Conway, Chief Executive of Social Work England. They discuss how Social Work England has transformed to remote working in order to continue to fulfill its duties as a regulator. Colum also discusses how Social Work England is working to strengthen and replenish the workforce to support students, higher education and training providers and ASYE social workers, as well as encouraging former or non-practicing social workers back into the workplace. You can find out more about Social Work England and the work they do here: https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/ @SocialWorkEng Information and resources relating to COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/coronavirus/ If you are interested in temporarily registering with Social Work England to offer support during this period, you can find more details here https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/registration/social-workers-with-temporary-registration/ You can find out more about Social Work Together - helping social workers return to practice to support the local response to COVID-19 - here: https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/lga/displayjob.aspx?jobid=936 If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Jun 8

28 min

Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, is talking with LeeMauve Patron, Director of Services at Become, the national charity for children in care & young care leavers. They discuss how Become is assisting children and young people in care and young care leavers during this difficult time, as many struggle with the consequences of the lockdown, such as isolation and mental health issues, as well as practical concerns around education and finances. Become is the national charity for children in care and young care leavers. They help children in care and young care leavers believe in themselves and to heal, grow and unleash their potential. They deliver direct support to children and young people and work alongside them, through campaigning and policy work, to make the care system the best it can be. You can find out more about the Become and the work they do here: https://www.becomecharity.org.uk/ @Become1992 Children in care, care leavers, or those supporting them can get help and advice: Freephone 0800 023 2033 or email advice@becomecharity.org.uk https://becomecharity.org.uk/for-young-people/care-advice-line/ If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

May 29

19 min

Thank  you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In  this episode Dr Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, was joined by Steve Walker, Director of Strengthening Families, Protecting Children Improvement Programme at Leeds City Council (@SteveWLeeds). Among other things, Michael  and Steve discuss the importance of building strong partnerships with schools, in particular during this time, and the challenge of maintaining practical, professional and emotional support when teams are not physically together. You  can find out more about the Strengthening Families, Protecting Children Programme here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/strengthening-families-protecting-children-sfpc-programme https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/research-project/family-valued-model-trial-evaluation/ Steve  Walker mentions the Social Workers in Schools project. The final report will be available online soon, but you can read the interim findings here: https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/blog/new-project-placing-social-worker-in-schools-shows-early-signs-of-promise/ If  you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You  can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

May 20

25 min

Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode Dr Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, was joined by Andy Elvin, CEO of TACT (@Millinerstale1) You can find out more about the work TACT do here: https://www.tactcare.org.uk/ @TACTCare If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

May 15

30 min

In this episode Dr Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, was joined by Charlotte Ramsden, Strategic Director for People at Salford City Council (@charlottehrams1). In the episode, Charlotte discusses the work of Salford Youth Service. You can find out more about the group, and their daily #fighttheboredominsalfordchallenges here: https://twitter.com/wuu2salford https://www.wuu2.info/ You can find out more about the Salford Foundation and their Digital Buddies programme here: https://www.salfordfoundation.org.uk/services/young-people/digital-buddies/ If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

May 7

25 min

Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast. The host for this episode was Dr Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care. Michael was joined by Belinda Christian, Director of Practice at What Works for Children’s Social Care, and David Westlake, Research Fellow at the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) at Cardiff University. If you would like to find more about our pilot study looking at Devolved Budgets in three local authorities in England, you can find the reports here: https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/research-report/devolved-budget-an-evaluation-of-pilots-in-three-local-authorities-in-england/ You can hear more from the social workers, young people and researchers involved in the project in this short film: https://youtu.be/PeCw-gnxNPM Michael and David have written blogs exploring the findings and next steps in more detail. You can find them here: https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/blog/autonomy-and-prudence-the-findings-from-our-devolved-budgets-pilot/ https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/blog/providing-social-workers-with-discretionary-budgets-resulted-in-creative-solutions-to-help-children-young-people-and-families-new-study-finds/ If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC

Apr 30

30 min

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