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Our everyday practice

We are on a journey of transforming our Children’s Services.

Our £12-15 million plan has already achieved great things with recognition from Ofsted and we are continuing to move forward with innovative schemes, including our Inside Out and No Wrong Door schemes to support young people.

New for everyday practice

We have introduced a new operating model designed specifically to support social workers and frontline practice. This includes:

  • Dedicated support staff for every social work team to reduce admin
  • Dedicated court work facilitators to support social workers
  • Continuous development of professionals such as domestic abuse specialists, homebased support workers and substance misuse workers who support our case-holding social workers
  • Plans to align mental health practitioners more closely to our teams

Our Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CADS) quickly triages cases to the right teams so you can focus on where you can make the biggest difference. An Ofsted visit in 2019 stated this work had transformed the service and the team was consistently strong. We have already seen reduced contacts, referrals, and a big reduction in the amount of assessments which do not lead to ongoing work.

We’ve successfully trialled combining assessment activity with family intervention activity which has enabled us to manage cases better, reduced hand-offs between social workers and given those in assessment the opportunity to get involved in direct work and vice versa.

We've introduced a new Family Therapeutic Service, offering intensive support for families with complex needs.

We’ve developed a new approach to the recruitment of our own in-house foster carers through a value-based approach and already seeing a significant rise in enquiries.

And we’ve secured an investment to improve our educational provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Our approach

We’re building a sustainable system placing practitioners and relationship-based practice at the heart of what we do.

Through Vital Signs we work as one system across a partnership and with whole family networks. It is a whole system and whole family practice approach which is relationship based, strengths orientated and outcome focused.

Relationship based

You’ll have the time to focus on doing direct work with families and being the intervention, rather than referring onto other services

Strengths orientated

You’ll recognise the strengths that exist in families and their networks and build on these and the resilience they create

Outcome focused

You’ll focus on the outcomes and overcoming barriers to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and their families.

Our approach will mean our children are prepared and able to learn, they can build positive and long-lasting relationship and receive family-based care.

Join us now and be part of the innovation.

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